CATAWBA COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - Water quality in Pott Creek and South Fork Catawba River near Lincolnton is returning to normal after last week's 200,000-gallon manure spill into the waterway, NC Department of Environmental Quality officials said.
"A pump malfunction June 26 at the Gladden Dairy in Catawba County caused the manure to spill into the headwaters of nearby Pott Creek, which flows into the South Fork Catawba River," officials said in a press release.
The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation said that paddlers were asked to stay off of the South Fork River.
The officials said that public water supply intakes were notified of the spill, and that the two intakes - the city of Lincolnton and the town of Dallas - "voluntarily stopped withdrawing water from the river as a precaution," and are "using alternative water supplies or reserves to ensure drinking water remains safe."
DEQ officials have been monitoring and sampling the water quality since last week's spill.
"The DEQ officials took water samples and confirmed that the factors used to measure the quality of the water are returning to normal conditions for this time of year," officials say.
State water quality officials say they will continue to monitor conditions in the creek and investigate the spill to determine any appropriate enforcement action.
"State and local officials are working together to address any water quality and public health concerns related to this spill," DEQ officials say.