Lincolnton and the Gaston County town of Dallas have stopped withdrawing water from the South Fork River, after 200,000 gallons of manure spilled from a Catawba County dairy farm, the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality said Friday.
All public water supply intakes from the spill downstream and into South Carolina have been alerted, the department said.
N.C. officials are testing water quality in Pott Creek northwest of Lincolnton after the manure spilled into the South Fork tributary on Monday. A pipe malfunctioned at Gladden Dairy in Catawba County, causing the spill, officials said.
Lincolnton and Dallas voluntarily stopped withdrawing water from the river as a precaution and are using alternative water supplies or reserves.
Nine fish have been found dead in Pott Creek because of the spill, state officials said.
Repairs to the dairy’s waste management system are underway, and state water quality officials said they are monitoring conditions in the creek and determining any appropriate enforcement action against the farm.