“No Swimming” Advisory LIFTED for Portion of Lake Wylie Following Sewage Discharge
Charlotte, NC – A NO SWIMMING advisory was issued Wednesday for a portion of Lake Wylie in Charlotte after approximately 800 gallons of sewage from a broken sewer line discharged. Bacteria levels have returned to normal.
You can check back with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services
to see when the advisory has been lifted, but with upcoming rain (as
with all rains), people should exhibit caution for a day or two after
the rain as runoff brings a lot of bacteria into lakes.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water's website for information on No Swim Advisories is here: http://charmeck.org/stormwater/creekslakesponds/Pages/SwimmingAdvisories.aspx
The “no swimming” advisory was issued after approximately 800 gallons of sewage from a broken sewer line discharged into a cove on Lake Wylie in the Riverpointe development on June 17, 2014 (see attached map). The discharge was stopped by Utilities, Inc which is a private utility company responsible for the sewer service in the development.
Water samples will be collected in the cove by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services staff. Sampling will continue until levels of fecal coliform bacteria fall below 200-colonies/100 ml, which is the level determined to be safe for swimming. When bacteria counts reach this level, the no swimming advisory will be 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: 704-336-5449