Staff from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services responded to calls Wednesday around 10 a.m. of possible pollution in a tributary of Little Sugar Creek in Latta Park, 601 East Park Ave., Charlotte, according to a news release.
The staff found products from Pool Surfaces LLC, a local swimming pool contractor, had discharged from a nearby pool into the municipal storm drain system. The creek's water turned a grayish-white color. Oxygen levels in the creek water were reduced, but the problem was corrected before it had any impact on fish or other aquatic life. Public safety was not affected.
An environmental cleanup contractor was hired to pump the product from the creek and conditions have returned to normal. Even in cases such as this when non-toxic substances are dumped into storm drains and creeks, negative water quality impacts often occur and the life in the creek is threatened.
Discharging any product into a storm drain or into a creek is strictly prohibited and violates local, state, and federal regulations. Pool Surface LLC faces potential fines and is required to pay all cleanup costs.
When residents see pollution in creeks or lakes, or see illegal dumping into a storm drain, they are reminded to call 311 or use the new Water Watchers app to report what they see. Storm Water Services staff will respond and investigate the report.