This has been the week of water hell. First, a coal-ash spill has essentially turned parts of the Dan River into toxic-sludge basins and now, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utility Department reports "an intentional illegal dumping of toxic waste" into the sewer system impacted the Mallard Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant on U.S. 29 North.
The source of the contamination was illegal dumping behind a grocery store near the intersection of West Sugar Creek Road and W.T. Harris Boulevard. The plant was taken offline after the dumping was discovered yesterday, and crews began capturing and containing the contaminated wastewater. Officials say the public is not at risk - just don't play in Mallard Creek or the Rocky River anytime soon.
As a precaution we are advising people to avoid human or animal contact with Mallard Creek and the Rocky River in Cabarrus County until more testing is completed. N.C. water quality officials are aware of the situation and we also are notifying downstream authorities to share this advisory with folks along Rocky River in Cabarrus, Union and Anson counties.
If you know who did it or who may have done it, call 704-334-1600.