The “no swimming” advisory was issued after approximately 800 gallons of sewage discharged to a creek from a broken sewer line. The creek flows to a cove on Lake Wylie in the Riverpointe development (see attached map). The discharge was stopped by Carolina Water Service, Inc. of N.C., which is a private utility company responsible for the sewer service in the development.
Water samples have been collected in the cove daily since June 17, 2014 by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services’ staff. Laboratory results from the fecal coliform bacteria samples collected on June 18, 2014 in the cove were within safe levels, therefore the swimming advisory has been lifted.
Rusty Rozzelle, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services’ Water Quality program manager, said the advisories are standard procedure. "It was necessary to close the areas to recreation because of the potential risk to human health. That’s because Lake Wylie is designated as recreational waters,” said Rozzelle.
Media Contact: Rusty Rozzelle Office: 704-336-5449Rusty.Rozzelle@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov