May 13, 2003
NO SWIMMING ADVISORY ISSUED FOR A COVE ON LAKE NORMAN AFTER SEWAGE DISCHARGE
Charlotte, NC - A NO SWIMMING advisory has been issued for a cove off Torrence Chapel Road on Lake Norman after a sewage discharge. The Mecklenburg County Water Quality Program (MCWQP) and the Mecklenburg County Health Department issued the advisory on Monday, May 12, 2003 for a cove near 22928 Torrence Chapel Road in Cornelius.
The "no swimming" advisory was issued after approximately 230 gallons of raw sewage was reportedly discharged from a manhole to Lake Norman due to a failing pump station operated by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities. The discharge was discovered on Monday, May 12, by CMU staff and actions have been taken to eliminate the discharge and repair the failing pump station.
The Mecklenburg County Water Quality Program collected water samples Monday 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 and buoys for the duration of the advisory.
MCWQP Manager Rusty Rozzelle said the advisories are standard procedure. "It is necessary to close the areas to recreation because of the potential risk to human health as Lake Norman is designated as recreational waters," said Rozzelle.