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1,000s of gallons of blue toilet waste was dumped near Charlotte music venue

Mecklenburg County officials are investigating how thousands of gallons of blue portable-toilet waste reached a ditch that flows to Mallard Creek near PNC Music Pavilion.
Mecklenburg County officials are investigating how thousands of gallons of blue portable-toilet waste reached a ditch that flows to Mallard Creek near PNC Music Pavilion. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services

Mecklenburg County officials are investigating how thousands of gallons of portable-toilet waste reached a ditch that flows to Mallard Creek near PNC Music Pavilion.

Crews pumped an estimated 5,500 gallons of blue-colored deodorizer and waste from the ditch Monday night, said Rusty Rozzelle, water quality program manager for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services. County officials who got calls about the waste Monday morning believe it had been dumped.

Little of the waste apparently reached Mallard Creek, which flows just north of the pavilion, Rozzelle said.

“We know it came from a portable toilet,” he said. “It was obvious human waste, just from the solids in the ditch.”

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Mecklenburg County officials are investigating how thousands of gallons of blue portable-toilet waste reached a ditch that flows to Mallard Creek near PNC Music Pavilion. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services

How it got there remains under investigation.

A Sani-Can, the portable toilet company that stations units in PNC’s parking lots, denied that its drivers dumped or spilled the liquid, Rozzelle said. A Sani-Can didn’t return an Observer call for comment. PNC declined comment, referring questions to the county.

Either or both of the companies could be cited, Rozzelle said.

PNC has a seating capacity of 19,500, including its broad lawn. The outdoor venue hosted a concert by Chicago and REO Speedwagon on Sunday night.

Bruce Henderson: 704-358-5051; @bhender
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