“NO SWIMMING” ADVISORY ISSUED FOR LAKE
CORNELIUS FOLLOWING DISCHARGE OF SEWAGE
Mecklenburg County, NC – A NO SWIMMING advisory was issued today for a portion of Lake Cornelius in Mecklenburg County. The attached map shows the area where this “no swimming” advisory applies.
The no swimming advisory was issued after approximately 500 gallons of sewage discharged into Lake Cornelius at 787 Peninsula Drive in Davidson, N.C. on June 19, 2015. The discharge was caused by a blockage in Charlotte Water’s sewer line at this location. The blockage has been removed and the discharged stopped.
Water samples will be collected in Lake Cornelius by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services’ staff. Sampling will continue until bacteria levels are within safe levels. When bacteria counts reach this level, the no swimming advisory will be lifted.
Rusty Rozzelle, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services’ Water Quality Program Manager, said the advisories are standard procedure. “It was necessary to close the areas to recreation because of the potential risk to human health. That’s because Lake Cornelius is designated as recreational waters,” said Rozzelle.