Lake Wylie Swimming Advisory
NO SWIMMING ADVISORY ISSUED FOR PORTION OF LAKE WYLIE AFTER SEWAGE DISCHARGE
Charlotte, NC – A NO SWIMMING advisory has been issued for an area of Lake Wylie at The Yachtsman development located at 13818 Queens Harbor Road in Charlotte following a sewage discharge to the lake. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services issued the advisory on Monday, October 5, 2009 following the discovery of the discharge.
The “no swimming” advisory was issued after an unknown amount of partially treated sewage discharged to Lake Wylie from a privately-owned wastewater treatment plant operated by Utilities, Inc. The malfunctioning plant was discovered today by Utilities, Inc. staff. Actions are currently underway to eliminate the discharge and repair the failing sewer system.
Water samples were collected today 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. The affected lake areas have been posted with “no swimming” signs and buoys for the duration of the advisory.
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 as Lake Wylie is designated as recreational waters,” said Rozzelle.
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Media Contact: David Caldwell Office: 704-336-5452 david.caldwell@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov