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2002 News from Mecklenburg County
May 20, 2002

NO SWIMMING:
ADVISORY ISSUED FOR PORTION OF LAKE WYLIE AFTER SEWAGE SPILL
 

Charlotte, NC – A NO SWIMMING advisory has been issued for a portion of Lake Wylie after a sewage spill.  The Mecklenburg County Water Quality Program and the Mecklenburg County Health Department issued the advisory on Monday, May 20, for a 500-foot portion of the Lake Wylie shoreline in a cove near 16001 River Point Drive in the River Pointe community off
Highway 49.   

The “no swimming” advisory was issued after a spill from a sewer collection system operated by Carolina Water Service, a private utility company.  The Mecklenburg County Water Quality Program (MCWQP) determined that raw sewage reached Lake Wylie from a discharge from a separated sewer pipe near a sewage lift station.  An estimated 8,000-9,000 gallons of raw sewage were released from the pipe.  The spill was discovered on Sunday, May 19, and stopped shortly after Carolina Water Service crews were notified and responded to the spill.   

Water samples were collected today by the Mecklenburg County Water Quality Program and 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 for the duration of the advisory. 

MCWQP Manager Rusty Rozzelle said the advisories are standard procedure. "It was necessary to close the areas to recreation because of the potential risk to human health as Lake Wylie is designated as recreational waters,” said Rozzelle.



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