A no-swim advisory is now in effect for Mountain Island Lake after a major sewage spill dumped over 100,000 gallons into the Catawba River.
According to Charlotte Water, a sewage pump station off of Stephens Rd in Huntersville overflowed and leaked an estimated 103,702 gallons into a stream that flows into Mountain Island Lake.
The leak has now been stopped, but officials warn against going into the water until the sewage has had a chance to spread out into more of the lake.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services will continue to monitor water quality in the affected area. Once water conditions are deemed safe, the no swimming advisory will be removed.
If you live in the area and you are on a well, officials recommend checking to see if your water was contaminated by using a field testing kit, and consider installing a reverse osmosis filter on any faucet used for drinking water.