The decision to lift the ban was taken after Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services analyzed the collected water samples from Paw Creek Cove on July 26. After carefully assessing the sample, the staff determined that the bacteria counts were within safe levels. Therefore, the water quality was declared safe for human contact and the "No Swimming" advisory was lifted.
Previously, the "No Swimming" advisory was issued in Paw Creek Lift on Lake Wylie after 847.000 gallons of untreated sewage was discharged from the Paw Creek Lift Station on Old Dowd Road. The discharged were found due to technical problems with pipe alignment during a construction project. After finding the situation, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services staff repaired the pipe and stopped the discharge from flowing into Paw Creek Cove.
Even after the discharge flow stopped, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services’ Water Quality Program Manager, Rusty Rozelle, announced the residents were banned from swimming in the creek starting on July 17 2021 as the advisories are standard procedure. The discharge that had already flown on to the creek could still impact the area and could cause potential risk to human health.
After eleven days of being monitored, the bacteria counts in Paw Creek Cove on Lake Wylie were slowly reduced, and now the water quality is declared to be safe for human contact and residents are allowed to swim for recreational activities.
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