No-swim advisory issued for part of Lake Wylie

slyttle@charlotteobserver.comJune 18, 2014 

The circled area is the portion of Lake Wylie that is closed to swimming, due to a sewage spill. (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services map.)

— Mecklenburg County officials have issued a no-swim advisory for a portion of Lake Wylie, north of the Buster Boyd Bridge.

The advisory was issued for a cove on the lake at the Riverpointe development. It follows the discharge of untreated sewage into the lake Tuesday.

Rusty Rozzelle, water quality program manager for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services, said about 800 gallons of sewage spilled into the cove from a broken sewer line. The discharge was stopped by Utilities Inc., a private utility company which handles sewer service in Riverpointe.

The cove is about midway between the Buster Boyd Bridge and McDowell Nature Preserve. But the area of the spill was contained in the cove, Rozzelle said, and the no-swim advisory does not affect areas near the bridge or the nature preserve.

The cove is at the end of Eagleview Drive and Woolwine Road.

Rozzelle said Storm Water Services staff will collect water samples, and the no-swim advisory will remain in effect until fecal coliform bacteria levels fall below the safe level.

He said the advisories are standard procedure.

“It was necessary to close the areas to recreation because of the potential risk to human health,” Rozzelle said. “That’s because Lake Wylie is designated as recreational waters.”

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