Water quality advisory issued for S. Charlotte pond after sewage spill

- A water quality advisory has been issued for the pond at the Park Road Community Park after Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services say there was a sewage leak. 

Just before 1:00 p.m. on Friday, an advisory was put in place for the pond at 6220 Park Road following a massive sewage spill. Authorities say the discharge was stopped immediately following its detection. 

Signs are posted all over the park warning the public to stay away from the water.

"I really think it's really gross about the stuff getting into the pond because we have little children that's around here and we come here a lot," said Antoinette Rogers. She lives near the park.

"I think it's horrible and I think it's really disgusting," said Kyle Montgomery who is visiting Charlotte.

Storm Water Services says it will continue sampling the water until bacteria levels fall within safe levels, but in the meantime, some park goers are planning to stay far away. 

"I definitely don't want them to get sick or anything to happen to them so we may just be leaving very soon, in fact, that's what we're going to do," Rogers said.

Less than a month ago a break in a pipe sent 180,000 gallons of raw sewage pouring into a Sugar Creek tributary. Some believe fixing these problems should be a top priority for the city.

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"I really think the first one should have been corrected by now and with this happening and with people fishing in this pond and with everything going on right now I think that's something that's should be corrected very soon," said Rogers.

Water quality manager Rusty Rozelle says the advisories are standard procedure and issued this statement saying: "It is important to ensure that citizens are aware of potential risk to human health from polluted waters so they can take the appropriate precautions by avoiding contact.” 

"It should concern everyone. Drinking water quality and our natural water quality are two very important things," said Montgomery.
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