Sewage spill reaches lake

The marker on the above map shows the approximate location of the sewage spill near Mountain Island Lake.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities reported that a broken pipe caused hundreds of gallons of sewage to spill into Mountain Island Lake just before Christmas.

The sewer spill occurred near 2801 Mt Isle Harbor Drive on Dec. 23, utility press representative Cam Coley. The road sits less than 150 yards from the lake’s shore.

A low-pressure pipe broke causing wastewater to overflow, Coley said.  Work crews estimated that approximately 400 gallons reached the lake.

“Crews responded to the leak within 50 minutes and took appropriate cleanup/repair action,” Coley said in a news release. “No dead fish were found associated with this overflow.

The utilities also reported a sewer spill into Lake Norman in Cornelius Dec. 30. The utility reported about 430 gallons leaked into the lake near 18500 Harbor Light Blvd. when a contractor reportedly broke a sewer line. No dead fish were found near the site, and Coley said the spill took a couple of hours to clean up.

In Matthews, a sewer spill occurred Dec. 29 near Bald Ridge Drive. A combination of grease blockage and tree roots caused wastewater to overflow.  An estimated 1,500 gallons reached McAlpine Creek. The utility urges the public to report any sewer problems to 311 at any time.

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