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Updated: Another sewage spill at Paradise Cove blamed on private contractor

Jetton runs along bottom of the map; Peninsula Point is to the left of the spill area in red

July 12. [UPDATED 9 am July 13] Another no swimming advisory has been issued for the waters behind a home on Paradise Cove Court after an estimated 200 gallons of untreated sewage because a pipe was damaged by a private contractor. The pipe has been repaired and the discharge was stopped.

Repair crews were still on the scene at 8:30 Monday night.

UPDATE: There could be a fine if the violator is determined to be negligent. County officials did not provide the name of the contractor involved in this spill or another spill June 29.

Mayor Woody Washam said the release of untreated sewage into the lake such a short time after the previous incident is “very concerning.”

“I will ask town staff to investigate with Charlotte Water and work in any way they can with them to correct this recurring problem,” he said, suggesting fines could be in order.

Another spill 2 weeks ago

The same cove was hit by another spill June 29 when 405 gallons of untreated sewage was discharged from a residence after a pipe was damaged by a different private contractor.

NEW: The incidents occurred at two different addresses on Paradise Cove.

June 30: 17534 Paradise Cove Court

July 12: 17501 Paradise Cove Court

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services will monitor water quality in the area until conditions are deemed safe for human contact including swimming.