180,000-gallon sewage spill is among largest in recent memory

Joe Marusak and Caroline Metzler, The Charlotte Observer on July 14, 2017

About 180,000 gallons of sewage spilled into Kings Branch in south Charlotte on Friday – prompting Catawba Riverkeeper Sam Perkins to urge the public to avoid a popular stretch of the river downstream this weekend.

Kings Branch is a tributary to Sugar Creek in the Catawba River watershed. Sugar Creek flows into the main stem of the Catawba River.

The spill was one of the largest in recent memory due to the wide diameter of the pipe affected, according to Jennifer Frost, public affairs manager at Charlotte Water.

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