Illegal Discharge of Wastewater to Little Sugar Creek

Rusty Rozzelle
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Charlotte, NC – On August 30, 2021, staff with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services responded to a report of a wastewater discharge to Derita Branch, a tributary to Little Sugar Creek in Charlotte, NC. The waste discharge originated from Orbit Energy Charlotte, LLC located at 600 Johnson Road in Charlotte, NC. The discharge was caused by an operational failure at the facility resulting in a discharge of approximately 230,000 gallons of wastewater with the majority contained in basins located on site. The discharge was stopped upon discovery. An undetermined quantity overflowed the basin and entered Derita Branch and Little Sugar Creek. The discharge resulted in a fish kill in Derita Branch and a portion of Little Sugar Creek downstream of the confluence.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services is taking action to ensure that Orbit Energy Charlotte, LLC restores areas negatively impacted by the discharge and implements measures necessary to prevent future discharges.