'No Swimming' Advisory Issued for a Cove on Lake Norman Following A Discharge of Sewage

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A no swimming advisory was issued today for a cove on Lake Norman.

The “no swimming” advisory was issued after an estimated 460 gallons of sewage spilled into Lake Norman from a damaged pipe on Torrence Chapel Estates Circle on 5/28/2023.  The damage was caused by a private contractor while performing horizontal drilling.  The pipe has been repaired and the discharge discontinued.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services staff will monitor water quality in the area until bacteria levels are determined to be suitable for human contact at which time the no swimming advisory will be lifted.

To receive notifications of No Swimming advisories in Mecklenburg County, text MECKNOSWIM to 888-777. 

Rusty Rozzelle, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services’ Water Quality program manager, said the advisories are standard procedure. “Since this cove on Lake Norman is used for recreation, it is important to inform residents of the discharge and advise against swimming in the impacted area due to the potential risk to human health,” said Rozzelle.