Warning issued against swimming in Morehead City's Calico Bay


MOREHEAD CITY, Carteret County - State recreational water quality officials today issued a precautionary advisory warning the public against swimming in Calico Bay in Morehead City.

The advisory is due to public health risks resulting from a mechanical/hydraulic failure at a Morehead City wastewater treatment plant Saturday that discharged an estimated 7,500 gallons of partially treated wastewater into Calico Creek on an incoming tide. The outgoing tide may spread the discharged water into Calico Bay.

The spill will be reported to the N.C. Division of Water Resources. Wastewater discharges increase the risk that contamination is present in the tidal area. Adverse health effects such as diarrhea, abdominal cramps and skin infections could occur if people swim in these areas, and the public is advised to avoid bodily contact with these waters.

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