"No Swimming" advisory issued for a cove on Lake Cornelius following a discharge of sewage

Rusty Rozzelle, Water Quality Program Manager
Rusty Rozzelle

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Cornelius, N.C. - A NO SWIMMING advisory was issued today for a cove on Lake Cornelius (see map below).

The NO SWIMMING advisory was issued after an estimated 515 gallons of sewage was spilled into Lake Cornelius on the night of July 8, 2022. The spill was caused by debris clogging a pump and rsulting in an overflow. The discharge has been stopped by Charlotte Water staff. 

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.

Rusty Rozzelle, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services’ Water Quality Program Manager, said the advisories are standard procedure. “Since this cove on Lake Cornelius 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.

The area of the No Swimming Advisory just east of Sterling Bay Lane West in Cornelius is outlined in red below:

Map of affected cove just east of Sterling Bay Lane West in Cornelius where a no swim advisory was issued on July 9, 2022