Charlotte Water

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WFAE listener Chappy Garner has been mountain biking for about five years, and one of his favorite spots in Charlotte is the Backyard Trails — a 12-mile network of twisty, turvey paths winding through 140 acres of woods in south Charlotte.

Charlotte Water

This week's massive sewage spill at a creek in north Charlotte was the largest ever recorded by Charlotte Water.

In total, an estimated 15.4 million gallons of raw sewage poured into a stretch of Long Creek off Oakdale Road. That's roughly enough sewage to fill about 23 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services estimates at least "a couple hundred gallons" of raw sewage spilled Friday into the pond at Park Road Park.  The agency's Rusty Rozzelle says the spill was caused by a sewer line blockage.

The Allen plant in Belmont
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Duke Energy has withdrawn a request for state permission to use an additive at its coal-fired power plants that caused problems two years ago with Charlotte's drinking water. Environmental groups had sued, and celebrated the move. Duke said its decision was unrelated to the challenge.

A lab technician handles water samples at Charlotte Water's laboratory off Billy Graham Parkway.
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Mecklenburg County's drinking water met federal standards for safety and quality again last year. That's according to the annual report out from Charlotte Water. 

With mere days to go before the election, a federal judge in Winston-Salem is hearing arguments over the cancelations of up to 4,500 voter registrations in the eastern half of North Carolina.

A lab technician handles water samples in June 2016 at Charlotte Water's laboratory off Billy Graham Parkway.
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Tests required by state and federal regulators have found no problems with lead or copper in Charlotte's water.  

Charlotte Water tested a total of 164 homes built before 1985, when lead was banned in plumbing. Just six had detectable lead levels, but all were below the federal EPA action level, according to Charlotte Water.

A lab technician handles water samples in June 2016 at Charlotte Water's laboratory off Billy Graham Parkway.
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The annual drinking water quality report is out from Charlotte Water, and it shows there’s nothing to worry about here.