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Chemical Contamination Found in Little Sugar Creek​

9/21/2015

Mecklenburg CountyThe Mecklenburg County Health Department is advising against drinking, fishing and/or bathing in Little Sugar Creek between E. 36th and N. Brevard streets in Charlotte due to elevated levels of chemical contaminants.

Results from testing performed by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services in September 2015 have revealed elevated levels of trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE) in the waters of Little Sugar Creek between E. 36th and N. Brevard streets. TCE and PCE are colorless, nonflammable liquids that are used in a variety of commercial and industrial processes. The source of the contamination in Little Sugar Creek is currently under investigation, but is thought to be associated with industrial activities in the area.

TCE and PCE may cause cancer through multiple routes of exposure, including inhalation and ingestion. Therefore, the Mecklenburg County Health Department is advising against drinking, fishing and/or bathing in the waters of Little Sugar Creek between E. 36th and N. Brevard streets. Ongoing sampling is being performed by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services. The affected area will be posted with signs. Notification will be issued when the advisory for TCE and PCE in Little Sugar Creek is lifted.

Elevated levels of TCE and PCE have not been detected in water sampling performed in other areas of Little Sugar Creek; however, these waters are subject to contamination from a variety of sources and are not to be used for drinking and/or bathing. Fishing and infrequent human contact such as boating and wading are acceptable uses of these waters.

More information is available by calling 311.