- Associated Press - Thursday, March 27, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Officials say more than 73,000 gallons of partially treated sewage flowed into a creek that is a tributary of Charlotte’s water supply.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utility Department said a brief power outage at the McDowell creek treatment plant caused the flow of the sewage Wednesday.

The Charlotte Observer reported (https://bit.ly/1jR1vc3) that the utility said the final treatment step, ultraviolent disinfection, did not occur because of the outage.

The partly-treated sewage flowed into the creek which drains to Mountain Island Lake until operators were able to divert it into storage basins.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, https://www.charlotteobserver.com

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