CHARLOTTE -- An equipment malfunction at a sewage treatment plant near North Carolina's largest city has emptied nearly 50,000 gallons of wastewater into a creek. The Charlotte Observer reported that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities officials said Monday that partially disinfected water drained into Irwin Creek just a few miles north of Charlotte on Saturday. Officials say an equipment malfunction dumped the water before it was disinfected. The disinfection process reduces bacteria, viruses and other pathogens in wastewater before it's discharged into a stream. (Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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