200,000 gallons of Manure Spills into Catawba County Water
On June 30, 2017, the N.C. Department of Water Quality responded to 200,000 gallons of manure that spilled in Potts Creek northwest of Lincolnton.
According to a NC-DEQ press release, a pump malfunction on the Gladden Dairy in Catawba County on Monday, June 26th, 2017. The malfunction of the pump allowed the manure to spill into the headwaters of nearby Potts Creek, which flows into the South Fork River.
As a result of the spill, investigators have confirmed a fish kill in Potts Creek, with a total of nine dead fish being found at two different locations.
The Water supplies of two North Carolina towns, Lincolnton and Dallas, could be impacted as a result of the spill. Both towns have voluntarily stopped withdrawing water from the river as a precaution. Other communities further downstream in South Carolina could also be impacted, and have been notified of the contamination. Towns on these water systems are also using alternative water sources.
The clean-up and repairs are underway at the Dairy Farm responsible for the spill. NC-DEQ water quality officials will monitor the site and investigate the spill to determine the department's next course of action.
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