Lake Norman cove has experienced a raw sewage spill, suspect? Grease pouring down the drains of sinks in “multiple homes” caused a spill of raw sewage into a Lake Norman bay, according to a spokesperson for Charlotte Water.

According to Cam Coley, spokesperson at Charlotte Water, the overflow started at a home off Queensdale Drive in Cornelius.

“A majority of wastewater overflows can be prevented with your help. Anything put in plumbing or a manhole can cause wastewater overflows, spilling raw sewage into your street, your creek, or even inside your own home. Even products labeled as ‘flushable’ do not break down in the sewer system and can contribute to clogging.”

In a press release from Charlotte Water, they confirmed that nearly 2,700 gallons of backup sewage entered the bay even the crews responded quickly.

“The fat blockage was caused by multiple houses and not where we can isolate it at one or a few addresses,” the spokesperson said.

“We encourage customers not to put grease, oils, or grease in the sinks,” Coley said in an email.

According to the city department, the sewage spill was first noticed along the 20300 block of Queensdale Drive in Cornelius, North Carolina. The average home price in the area is just around $400,000, which means it is a luxury area in the state.

“Anything put in plumbing or a manhole can cause wastewater overflows, spilling raw sewage into your street, your creek, or even inside your own home. Even products labeled as ‘flushable’ do not break down in the sewer system and can contribute to clogging.”

If you’re using flushable wipes – and actually flushing them down the toilet – you could contribute to a sewage spill in your community, so watch out if you don’t want to be knee-deep in human refuse.

Charlotte Water posted this list of common household items and where they should be thrown:

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

▪ Pour into the toilet: only toilet paper.

▪ Drain in the sink: soapy water, small amounts of food on the plate, and liquids.

▪ Bring to a full-service recycling center: used and expired oils and greases.

Charlotte Water teams will respond to a spill report 24/7, officials said.

Call 311 or 704-336-7600 to report a spill.

Source: AWM

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