State says Utilties Inc. in violation for Tega Cay sewage spills

State says Utilties Inc. in violation for Tega Cay sewage spills

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on May 20, 2013 at 11:50 PM

Updated Monday, May 20 at 11:50 PM

TEGA CAY, S.C. -- The Tega Cay City Council questioned South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control officials Monday night about the sewage spills that have plagued the Tega Cay Water Service Company and its parent company, Utilities Inc.

The DHEC officials surprised many residents who turned out for the meeting when they said there had been 21 sewage spills just since the first of this year.

DHEC's Greg Harrington told the council, "These spills are in violation of the Pollution Control Act and a violation of water quality permits."

David Wilson of DHEC said the department was ratcheting up the pressure on the company.

"Our biggest goal is to focus the utility's attention on fixing the problem," Wilson said.

After the meeting, Mayor George Sheppard said he was glad to see DHEC taking some action.

"They are doing what needs to be done at this point but I hope they keep the pressure on them," said Sheppard.

One area resident, Kelly Macaluso, who attended the meeting said she too was glad to see something finally happening.

"Home sales, property values are all affected by sewage spills and the on-going lack of any maintenance by T. K. Water Service," she said.

A spokesperson for Utilties Inc., Tom Oakley, said the company was working closely with DHEC during the process of improving the Tega Cay system.

Residents will get a chance to be heard at a public meeting with DHEC next month.

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