DHEC Gives Update On Large Charlotte Sewage Spill That Led to Warnings on Catawba River

UPDATE: Officials with the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control released the following update Thursday afternoon:

 “Out of an abundance of caution, DHEC will keep the notices posted at the following 3 locations: Landsford Canal State Park and Catawba Indian Nation landings, and The Riverwalk (Rock Hill).

Tuesday’s sample results show that bacteria levels are above the standard where Sugar Creek enters the Catawba River and at the Catawba Indian Nation landing. The department has performed modeling which indicates the spill should have passed downstream of the Landsford Canal and Catawba Indian Nation landings. The elevated levels may be a result of runoff from a recent rainfall.

Please note that the Catawba River is a recreational destination for fishing, tubing, and swimming; and these activities involve contact with natural waters, which can periodically be affected by short-term pollution events which most commonly occur from runoff after heavy rains.

DHEC will be collecting samples where Sugar Creek enters the Catawba River, the Catawba Indian Nation landing, and Landsford Canal landings, and Fishing Creek boat landing on Thursday. The notices will be lifted when sample results indicate levels are safe. These sample results will be available Friday afternoon.

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{Previous post from July 15, 2017}

CHARLOTTE, NC – People are being warned to stay out of the water after a large sewage spill in Charlotte.

180,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled into Kings Branch, which flows into Sugar Creek, and then the Catawba River.

The spill happened on Farmhurst Drive near exit 4 off I-77 on Friday.

Several signs were posted downstream at Landsford Canal State Park in Chester County, SC warning people against swimming, boating, or wade fishing.

“The concern is spill – skin contact because this was a raw, undiluted sewage spill. And this is a hot weekend, with a lot of people wanting to recreate,” explains Catawba Riverkeeper Sam Perkins.

Perkins says areas near the Riverwalk in Rock Hill are safe. But people should take precautions south of there at Landsford Canal, the Catawba Indian Reservation Launch, and Highway 9 landing in Lancaster.

“People should not get on the water. But by next weekend, one would expect conditions to be fine,” Perkins says.