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City of Charlotte Information on Illegal Dumping

Water Supply - The city drinking water supply was not affected by either incident at the two wastewater treatment plants. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utility Department (CMUD) and other City & County officials continue to reiterate that drinking water is safe to drink, bathe and cook with.





Illegal Dumping Incident Summary
  • An unusual substance began flowing into Mallard Creek Treatment Plant on February 6, 2014.
  • This substance was later determined to contain materials including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and trichlorobenzene (TCB).
  • It was determined that the contaminated material was illegally dumped into the sewer system via a grease trap containment location behind a grocery store on the 6400 block of W. Sugar Creek Road.
  • The contaminated material was mostly contained in a holding tank at the Mallard Creek plant.
  • On February 8, 2014, an unusual substance began flowing into Sugar Creek Treatment Plant.
  • This substance was later determined to contain ethanol and toluene, which is typical of a fuel spill.

Where does the incident stand today?

  • As a precaution, the ‘no contact advisory’ will remain in effect from the Mallard Creek wastewater plant site near the Mecklenburg/Cabarrus border (along Mallard Creek downstream into Cabarrus, Union & Anson counties) until the wastewater plant is fully recovered and all contaminated materials have been removed from the plant site.
  • Testing of the Mallard Creek Treatment Plant and of Mallard Creek continue in order to analyze water quality.
  • The Sugar Creek Treatment Plant was able to successfully treat the contaminated material.
  • Officials from CMUD, Mecklenburg County Health Department and Mecklenburg County Land Use & Environmental Services Agency confirm no public health concerns or impact to water quality in Little Sugar Creek as a result of this incident; thus the precautionary advisory to avoid human and animal contact is lifted.









Mallard Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant
is located on US 29 (North Tryon Street)
near I-485.  








Sugar Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant
is located near Park Road and Tyvola
Road Intersection.
Criminal Investigation

A multi-agency criminal Task Force led by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department continues following up on any and all leads, and asks anyone with information on these cases of illegal sewer system dumping to the Crimestoppers Hotline at 704-334-1600. Police Chief Rodney Monroe has announced a $10,000 reward for information about the February illegal dumping incident. Anyone observing suspicious activity involving the water or sewer system should report it immediately by calling 911.

Community Meetings

Residents and business owners attended community meetings to learn more about the illegal dumping incidents and the direct impacts to the neighborhood creeks. The meeting also served as an invitation for continued dialogue between the utility and the neighbors of those treatment plant facilities.