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Lake Norman: No Swimming Advisory Lifted

May 15, 2003

Charlotte, NC - The NO SWIMMING advisory for a portion of Lake Norman has been lifted. The Mecklenburg County Water Quality Program (MCWQP) and the Mecklenburg County Health Department advises that the bacteria danger to swimmers has passed after a sewage spill on Monday, May 12, 2003.

The advisory was issued for a cove near 22928 Torrence Chapel Road in Cornelius.  An estimated 230 gallons of sewage spilled into the cove from a manhole near a lift station operated by Charlotte Mecklenburg Utilities.  The "no swimming advisory" was issued due to concerns associated with elevated bacteria levels in the cove following the spill.

Water samples collected by MCWQP on May 14 revealed that the levels of fecal coliform bacteria are within acceptable levels.  Sampling results revealed levels of fecal coliform bacteria less than 100 colonies/100 ml., well within the limits of safe swimming.  Levels greater than 200 Colonies/100 ml are considered unsafe for swimming.

Water Quality Program Manager Rusty Rozzelle said the advisory is a standard procedure.  "Since Lake Norman is designated recreational waters, it was necessary to close the area because of the potential risk to public health," says Rozzelle. 

Media Contact: Alex Burnett (O) 704-432-0361 (M) 704-579-0288 or or Rusty Rozzelle (O) 704-336-5449 or



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