CHARLOTTE, N.C. — City officials said there’s a second suspected incident involving the dumping of illegal toxic waste material into the City of Charlotte’s sewer system.
WSOC reported the Charlotte Mecklenburg Utilities Department shut down the Sugar Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant off Tyvola Road after employees noticed an unusual odor around 8:45 Saturday night.
Initial tests suggest the potential for PCB contamination. Confirmation testing is underway, but results won’t be available until later on Sunday.
Utilities Department Director Barry Gullet said to avoid human and animal contact with Sugar Creek until the water is tested and determined to be safe.
Gullet reminded Charlotte residents that the sewer line is separate from the city’s water line, so city water is safe to drink.
Officials said contaminated materials are expensive to discharge sometimes, so some companies take shortcuts.