A swimming advisory was issued by the Lincoln County Health Department Friday afternoon due to a sewer spill in the southeastern part of the county.
The affected area included the Lake Norman main channel and shoreline near Waterford Drive off of Hager’s Ferry Road at the King’s Cove Subdivision.
The spill was the result of a contractor’s truck hitting the county’s pressurized sewer line, officials said. Public Works Director Don Chamblee told the Times-News Friday afternoon that a concrete truck crushed the line while it was backing up, resulting in an estimated 200 gallons of untreated sewage flowing out.
The flow, which Chamblee said was running out pretty slowly, was easily contained, and cleanup procedures were completed. He said he did not know how much of the spilled sewage actually made it into the unnamed cove near 8122 Waterford Drive.
Water samples were collected by the county’s Public Works Department to determine the level of potential bacterial infection into Lake Norman. Results from the testing were not expected for roughly 24 hours, Chamblee said.
Residents and lake users were advised not to swim or otherwise have bodily contact with water in the area until further notice due to the possible presence of fecal coliform, in accordance with state guidelines. The swimming advisory was to remain in effect until the samples presented acceptable levels of bacteria, at which point in time lake activities could be resumed.
The Division of Water Quality was notified of the event to review the matter.