Officials discuss who should test whitewater center’s water

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Mecklenburg County officials are trying to decide if the county or state will end up monitoring water quality at the U.S. National Whitewater Center.

The center’s whitewater rafting course has been closed for more than a month after an Ohio teenager died from a brain-eating amoeba she contracted through her nose when she fell in the water. The water has been drained and treated with chlorine and crews are cleaning the bottom of the channel.

Media outlets report the center has agreed to install chlorination equipment before reopening, leaving Mecklenburg County and the state to decide who monitors it.

Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio says the county should do it because it tries to cover its own territory. But county commissioners Wednesday wondered if that would cost too much.

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