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Officials: Dilworth creek water color not big problem

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services officials say they are continuing to investigate the strange-colored water discovered Wednesday in a Dilworth creek, adding that they have talked to representatives of a pool-cleaning company that was working nearby.

Authorities say residents called Storm Water Services about 10 a.m. Wednesday, reporting possible pollution in a creek at Latta Park, on East Park Avenue. Staff members were sent to the scene and reported the water was a grayish-white color.

Initial tests conducted on the water showed nothing in the way of a toxic substance, officials say.

One neighbor told The Observer she saw a pool-cleaning company working nearby and said workers were allowing a colored liquid to enter a storm drain.

Jennifer Frost, a spokeswoman for Storm Water Services, confirmed that staff members talked to the pool company and said the colored water entered the creek -- a tributary of Little Sugar Creek -- through a storm drain. She said no citations have been issued, however, because staff members are continuing to investigate the composition of the liquid.

“One of the materials the company is using was not familiar to our staff, and so we are looking into the composition of it,” Frost said.

She said staff members are taking more measurements of the water Thursday, because initial tests for dissolved oxygen and pH levels have “been mixed.”

Regardless, Frost said the incident shows the importance of public involvement.

“We encourage everyone to call 311, or use the Water Watchers app, to report creek pollution, as soon as they see it,” she said.

Steve Lyttle: 704-358-6107
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