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Update: Long Creek Wastewater Spill

April 24, 2018 – Charlotte Water (CLTWater) crews responded to a broken wastewater pipe near Oakdale Road on April 23rd. Crews estimate approximately 15.4 million gallons reached Long Creek, part of the Catawba River Watershed. Drinking water supplies are not impacted by this spill.

At approximately 5:30 p.m. Monday, CLTWater received information from Mecklenburg County regarding a sewer odor and fish kill. CLTWater crews discovered a broken 30-inch wastewater pipe at the confluence of McIntyre Creek and Long Creek. It appears recent storms caused trees to fall and erosion of the stream bank up to 50 feet in some places. The wastewater pipe, undermined by the debris, heavy flows and erosion, fell into Long Creek under its own weight.


Ongoing storms and rushing water made containment of the spill challenging for crews. By 10:45 a.m. Tuesday the spill was stopped and crews began cleanup and pumping operations so that no further wastewater will spill.

CLTWater will begin the process of reinforcing the pumping operation with heavy duty bypass lines and pumps. Contractors are also onsite designing the repair. The timeline for repairs is not yet known.

North and South Carolina officials have been notified as well as downstream residents and businesses. Mecklenburg County officials have announced a no swim advisory for this area downstream of Long Creek until further notice.

Related blog post: Crews respond to Long Creek Wastewater Spill

UPDATE – Charlotte Water Responds to Wastewater Spill in Mallard Creek

Charlotte Water is actively repairing a 36” wastewater main

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Emergency Water Main Repair S. Trade St. Matthews

Charlotte Water is responding to a water main break on S. Trade Street, Matthews near Whitefriars Lane.

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Kings Branch Wastewater Spill Update

At 7:20 a.m. on Friday, July 14, Charlotte Water received a call reporting a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) near 700 Farmhurst Drive. Charlotte Water crews responded to discover an active spill of wastewater discharging into Kings Branch, a tributary of Sugar Creek.

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Smoke In The Water

On occasion we conduct smoke testing to detect failures and leaks within the wastewater collection system (sewer pipes) that allow rainwater, creek water and other storm water run-off to enter the system.

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Lancaster Hwy Pipe Repair Updates

Update: Crews successfully replaced the leaking drinking water valve and kept customers in service throughout the difficult repair. The northbound lane reopened Sunday afternoon. The southbound lane reopened Wednesday (December 21st) evening. Additional work will be needed to rebuild road at a later time. CLTWater will update when lanes close/reopen. Read more

Old Infrastructure Gets A Face Lift

Charlotte water reinvests part of your water and sewer fees to replace and reline existing pipes in the oldest neighborhoods in Charlotte. This ensures that drinking water continues to be high quality even as our infrastructure ages. Read more

Temporary Hydrant Connection Changes

Starting October 1st Charlotte Water customers and contractors using temporary fire hydrant connections will experience a few significant changes. Read more