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'No swim' advisory issued after 800 gal of sewage spill into Lake Wylie cove

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

A utilities company responsible for spilling hundreds of thousands of gallons of raw sewage into Lake Wylie in Tega Cay, is now to blame for another spill, but this time on the Charlotte side of Lake Wylie.

A no swimming advisory for portions of Lake Wylie was issued Tuesday evening after Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water officials say 850 gallons of raw sewage were spilled into the lake by Utilities Inc.

"It's very frustrating and it doesn't make a lot of sense in this day and age to be spilling raw sewage into a lake," said resident Matt Trimble.

Trimble says he's disturbed by the raw sewage being spilled into Lake Wylie because he has 3 children that swim in the lake and he's not alone.

"I don't want my children going near the water. It makes me really hesitant to put them into Lake Wylie," said resident Jennifer Whisnant.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water officials say on Monday, a broken 2-inch sewer line caused the sewage to seep from a lift station near Riverpointe Drive into a cove on Lake Wylie.

Officials say they didn't learn of the break until Tuesday and immediately put a no swimming advisory into effect.

Utilities Inc. owns the lift station and has a long history with spilling sewage into Lake Wylie from their Tega Cay stations.

Officials sent WBTV a statement Tuesday that reads in part: "No evidence of detrimental impact to the Lake is known or suspected.  Regulatory agencies at both the state and county levels were notified and local county representatives came to the site to investigate."

Some residents just aren't buying that.  

"The scariest part of all of this is we don't really know what's in the water and how far it goes. Like, is there a boundary limit? That's really concerning to me." said Whisnant.

"It is a health risk and it shouldn't be like this, with Tega Cay having the same issue, it shouldn't be like this," said Trimble.

Water samples will be collected in the cove by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services staff.

Sampling will continue until levels of fecal coliform bacteria fall to what is considered to be normal levels and the no swimming advisory will then be lifted.

Last week, the city of Tega Cay finalized a deal with Utilities Inc. to buy the sewer system from the company for nearly $6-million.

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