100 gallons of wastewater reaches Lake Norman

Charlotte Water crews responded to a sanitary sewer overflow near 21318 Norman Shores Drive (Cornelius) on Tuesday, Feb. 16. 

Officials said an estimated 100 gallons reached Lake Norman in the Catawba River Watershed.

“A majority of sanitary sewer overflows can be prevented with your help,” said Cam Coley, spokesperson at Charlotte Water in a written release. “Anything put in plumbing or a manhole can cause sanitary sewer overflows, spilling raw sewage into your street, your creek or even inside your own home. Even products labeled as ‘flushable’ do not breakdown in the sewer system and can contribute to clogging.”

How You Can Help:

·  Toss in the trash: paper towels, wipes, hair, cotton swabs, feminine products, dental floss, coffee grounds, and excess food.

·  Toss in the toilet: only toilet paper.

·  Drain in the sink: soap suds, small amounts of foods from plate, and liquids.

·  Take to a full-service recycling center: used and expired oils and grease.

Suspect a sewage spill? Call 311 or 704-336-7600.

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