More than 16,000 gallons of wastewater flow into Catawba River tributary

Charlotte Water estimates 16,250 gallons of wastewater spilled into McDowell Creek near 16505 Birkdale Commons Parkway in Huntersville on Monday.

The spill was the result of a manhole damaged by a contractor, according to Charlotte Water. Sewage from the overflow reached the creek, which is a tributary of the Catawba River.

The majority of wastewater spills are preventable, said Charlotte Water spokesperson Camden Coley.

“Anything put in plumbing or a manhole can cause wastewater overflows,” he said, “spilling raw sewage into your street, your creek or even inside your own home.”