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Sewage spills into ponds at McAlpine Creek Park, prompting advisory

A jogger enjoys an early morning run around the lake at McAlpine Creek Park in southeast Charlotte on July 20. A water quality advisory was issued for two ponds at the park on Friday, Aug. 25, after a sewage spill.
A jogger enjoys an early morning run around the lake at McAlpine Creek Park in southeast Charlotte on July 20. A water quality advisory was issued for two ponds at the park on Friday, Aug. 25, after a sewage spill. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

An unknown amount of sewage spilled into two ponds at McAlpine Creek Park on Monroe Road in southeast Charlotte on Friday.

Mecklenburg County officials urge people to avoid contact with the water until bacteria levels return to safe levels.

The sewage discharged from a private plant and entered a small stream that flows into the ponds, said Rusty Rozzelle, water quality program manager at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services. Repairs to stop the discharge were underway Friday afternoon, he said.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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