A no swimming advisory has just been issued for Lake Norman after 200 gallons of raw sewage spilled into a cove.
Charlotte water crews responded to a broken wastewater pipe this morning off Harbor Light Blvd. Crews were able to repair the pipe, but not until an estimated 200 gallons reached Lake Norman through a nearby storm drain.
NO-SWIM advisory on Lake Norman cove in Cornelius. 200gallons sewage discharged. @CLTWater has repaired broken pipe. H2O sampling underway. pic.twitter.com/vm63ov7oMp
— Water Watchers (@StormWaterCM) August 29, 2017
Cam Coley issued a statement about the spill, urging residents to watch what they put down the drain; “A majority of wastewater overflows can be prevented with your help. Anything put in plumbing or a manhole can cause wastewater overflows, spilling raw sewage into your street, your creek or even inside your own home. Even products labeled as ‘flushable’ do not break down in the sewer system and can contribute to clogging.”
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services will keep sampling the water until results fall within safe levels, and will lift the swimming ban at that time.
We will update this article as soon as we receive new information.