Spectrum Cable Excavation Leads to 2 Sewage Spills on the Peninsula

Spectrum contractors caused spills

March 7. By Dave Vieser. Spectrum Cable contractors were responsible for two sewage line breaks on the peninsula last week that sent 200 gallons of sewage into Lake Norman.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused,” spokesman Pat Paterno said, explaining that a subcontractor installing cables damaged the pipes. “As soon as we discovered the damage, we informed Charlotte Water.”

Charlotte Water spokesman Cam Coley said the lines in the low-pressure sewer system had been damaged.

Digging on the Peninsula Club

A total of 204 gallons of sewage reached Lake Norman in two separate incidents near Pensinsula Club Drive and Mainsail Pointe Drive. The spill on the mainsail involved approximately 84 gallons which reached Lake Norman. Coley said 120 gallons of sewage reached the lake after the Peninsula Club Drive incident a day later.

“Most homes along the lakes are served by low-pressure sewer systems and the pipe network transports waste to a gravity-fed sewer pipe that flows to a sewage treatment plant” , Coley said.

In February, Spectrum pledged to be more careful after a series of complaints as their crews installed cables at Magnolia Estates as well as in the Westmoreland Road area.

Over 140 miles of local roads will be dug. City officials said cable companies can dig rights-of-way with virtually no restrictions.

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