No Swimming Advisory lifted for cove on Lake Wylie after reported sewer discharge

Sewer discharge prompts no swim advisory on Lake Wylie

MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - A No Swimming Advisory was lifted Thursday for a single cove on Lake Wylie.

The cove is located upstream of the Highway 49 bridge in the Riverpointe community.

The No Swimming Advisory was issued after a report of a sewage discharge to the cove from a broken sewer force main on Riverpointe Drive.

“One of the neighbors noticed a bubbling of sewage coming out of the road," neighbor and Lake Wylie Marine Commission Vice Chairman Peter Hegarty said.

Water samples collected by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services’ staff revealed that bacteria counts are within safe limits; therefore, the advisory was lifted.

The broken force main was repaired and the sewage discharge stopped.

This is the first no swim advisory of the summer on Lake Wylie, but the third for the county this year.

In July officials issued a no-swim advisory for Lake Cornelius near Davidson Street because of elevated bacteria levels.

Then in May, a sewage discharge prompted a no swim advisory for Lake Norman at Springwinds Drive.

Another sewage discharge prompted an advisory at Big Bear Drive on Lake Wylie back in January.

“Whenever we get a report of any amount of sewage discharging into a body of water where people swim we always issue a no swimming advisory," Mecklenburg County Water Quality Manager Rusty Rozzelle said.

Buoys are set up to indicate which area of the lake to avoid.

Neighbors also got phone calls notifying them of the advisory.

Hegarty says the RiverPointe development was built in 1989 and likely has an old sewer system.

Boaters say these things happen as more people build homes on the lake.

“As we get more of a population around a lake this is going to become more of a common scenario, so we just have to figure out a way to stop it in the future," Steve Fuentes said.

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