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Officials: Pool company must pay for creek clean-up

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services officials say a swimming pool contractor will be required to pay cleanup costs and might be fined for its alleged involvement in the discharge of a liquid into a Dilworth creek earlier this week.

Officials say their investigation indicated that Pool Surfaces LLC discharged some type of product used in restoring a residential swimming pool into the city storm drainage system. The liquid then flowed into a tributary of Little Sugar Creek, storm water services officials say.

The discharge was the reason why residents near Latta Park reported seeing grayish-white water in the creek Wednesday. Investigators say oxygen levels in the water were reduced, but they were able to correct the problem before it had an impact on fish or other aquatic life.

An environmental cleaning contractor was hired to pump the product from the creek, and officials say water quality was back to normal by Thursday afternoon.

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