'No Swimming' Advisory Issued for Paw Creek Cove on Lake Wylie Following Sewage Discharge

Rusty Rozzelle

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Mecklenburg County, NC - A "No Swimming" advisory was issued today for Paw Creek Cove on Lake Wylie.

The "No Swimming" advisory was issued after 847,000 gallons of untreated sewage was discharged from the Paw Creek Lift Station located at 8924 Old Dowd Road which is operated by Charlotte Water. The discharge occurred due to a pipe alignment issue during a construction project. The pipe has been repaired and the discharge stopped.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services staff will monitor water quality in the area until conditions are deemed safe for human contact at which time the "No Swimming" advisory will be lifted. 

Rusty Rozzelle, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services’ Water Quality Program Manager, said the advisories are standard procedure. “Since Paw Creek Cove on Lake Wylie 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.

Area of the advisory is shown in red in the map below

Map of Paw Creek cove