June 20, 2002
ADVISORY ISSUED FOR PORTION OF
MOUNTAIN ISLAND LAKE AFTER SEWAGE SPILL
Charlotte, NC – A NO SWIMMING advisory has been issued for a portion of Mountain Island Lake after a sewage spill. The Mecklenburg County Water Quality Program and the Mecklenburg County Health Department issued the advisory on Wednesday, June 19, 2002, for a 500-foot portion of the Mountain Island Lake shoreline in a cove near 11226 Johnson- Davis Road off Neck Road.
The "no swimming" advisory was issued after a sewer spill was observed entering Mountain Island Lake from a failing septic tank system. The amount and duration of the spill is unknown. The spill was discovered on Wednesday, June 19, and actions have been taken to eliminate the discharge and repair the failing system.
The Mecklenburg County Water Quality Program collected water samples on Thursday. Sampling will be ongoing until levels of fecal coliform bacteria fall below 200-colonies/100 ml, which is the level determined to be safe for swimming. The affected swimming/beach areas will be posted with "no swimming" signs and buoys for the duration of the advisory.
MCWQP Manager Rusty Rozzelle says the advisories are standard procedure. "It was necessary to close the areas to recreation because of the potential risk to human health as Mountain Island Lake is designated as recreational waters," said Rozzelle.