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Officials: Union County water safe to drink following 180,000 gallon sewage spill

(Source: Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation) (Source: Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation)

The water in Union County is safe to drink following a sewage spill in south Charlotte Friday, Union County officials said Saturday afternoon. 

Nearly 180,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled into the Sugar Creek watershed along Farmhurst Drive in Charlotte Friday, according to The Charlotte Observer

Catawba Riverkeeper Sam Perkins urged the public Friday to avoid a popular stretch of the river downstream this weekend, the Observer reported. Perkins said parts of Sugar Creek that flow into the Catawba River may be impacted by the spill which created “serious public health concerns” about recreation, the Observer reported. 

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On Friday, Perkins said downstream drinking water systems with intakes along the Catawba River may have impacted water in Union County as well as Lancaster and Chester counties in South Carolina, according to the Observer. 

Ed Goscicki, who is the executive director for Union County Public Works, released this statement regarding the spill Saturday:

“Union County’s water remains safe to drink and our customers do not need to worry about the safety or quality of the water being compromised from this spill. We will continue to monitor the situation and do thorough testing to ensure that our drinking water is safe for our customers to consume.” 

A spokesperson with the Department of Public Works said the primary source of water for Union County comes from the Catawba River. According to the Public Works' spokesperson, "Union County jointly owns and operates the Catawba River Water Treatment Plant with the Lancaster County Water and Sewer District (LCW&SD) in Lancaster, S.C."

WBTV has not yet heard from water officials in Lancaster and Chester counties regarding the spill.

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