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2003 News from Mecklenburg County

May 21, 2003


Charlotte, NC- The NO SWIMMING advisory issued on Friday, May 16, 2003 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 May 16.

The advisory was issued when an unknown volume of sewage spilled from a private residence into a cove adjacent to 18825 Coveside Lane in Cornelius. 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 19 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.

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