Water company trying to solve Tega Cay sewage leaks

Water company trying to solve Tega Cay sewage leaks


by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on May 15, 2013 at 11:28 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 15 at 11:27 PM

TEGA CAY, S.C. -- The company that provides water and sewers in Tega Cay says it has still not determined the cause of several recent sewage spills.

"I mean nobody is perfect but this is ridiculous," said Steve Kunzmann.

Kunzmann and a group of Tega Cay neighbors sat on a deck overlooking the waters of Lake Wylie Wednesday evening.

Last month a 100,000 gallon spill sent raw sewage into the lake and swimming was banned until earlier this week.

Linda Stevenson helped form a citizen's group that has led the fight to pressure Tega Cay Water company to do something about the spills.

"If it hadn't been for us doing what we've been doing, we would be exactly where we were three years ago," Stevenson said.

In part because of that prodding -- and the most recent spill -- the parent company, Utilities Inc., has sent in numerous crews to try and find out what the problem is and what to do to correct it.

The company has sent out periodic emails to residents to update them on the progress.

In a recent email, Utilities Inc. Chief of Staff Tom Oakley wrote, "We understand the frustration...and would ask for your patience until we have fully completed our assessment."

Kelly MacAluso, another resident, said, "I just wish that anyone could believe what they are saying was true."

Utilities Inc. said it is beginning to pull together some conclusions based on the work done by the crews looking for the problem.

But some in this lake community said it will be a long time until they are able to believe anything the company says.

"I would love to be able to get with Tega Cay Water Services and be friendly with them and know they are really working with the community, but they don't," said another resident, Jolene Church.

The Tega Cay City Council will, for the first time, take up the sewage spills at a meeting at City Hall next Monday.