Third Major Sewage Spill Reported in Less Than a Year. This Time It’s near the Airport
Bruce Henderson | The Charlotte Observer
Up to 2.6 million gallons of sewage has spilled into a Charlotte creek that flows into the Catawba River in South Carolina, Charlotte Water reported Wednesday. It was the city’s third major spill in less than a year.
In April, a broken sewer pipe spilled an estimated 15.4 million gallons in northwestern Mecklenburg County. Charlotte’s drinking water supply is not threatened by the most recent event.
A fallen tree broke an 18-inch sewer pipe, causing the spill near Billy Graham Parkway east of Charlotte’s airport, the utility said. The ruptured pipe was found Tuesday but might have broken as many as four days earlier, Charlotte Water spokesman Cam Coley said. The 2.6-million-gallon estimate assumes the pipe broke Friday.
“We always want to assume the worst case” in making such estimates, Coley said. “This is where we definitely appreciate everyone’s eyes and ears and noses so we can identify problems as fast as possible…” (Read the full story)