Sewage spill in Tega Cay, again

Sewage spill in Tega Cay, again

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by DIANA RUGG / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on December 29, 2013 at 7:57 PM

Updated Sunday, Dec 29 at 11:04 PM

TEGA CAY, S.C. -- Tega Cay residents woke up to another stinky problem Sunday morning -- yet another sewage spill that prompted a "No Swimming" advisory for Lake Wylie.

It's the second time in a week residents have been warned to stay out of the lake because of a spill.  Residents estimate it's happened 30-40 times this year.

"We have 3 kids and in this cove there are several other kids," said Brian Curtis, as he watched raw sewage flow out of a manhole in his neighbor's back yard.
 
"It's just an ongoing issue and we're getting no support whatsoever that we're seeing," he said.

Utilities, Inc., which runs the sewer system for Tega Cay, confirmed spills at three locations Sunday.  The company said two of the spills reached Lake Wylie.

Residents received recorded phone calls warning them of the "No Swimming" advisory, and workers installed "No Swimming" signs along the shore Sunday afternoon.

Workers monitored those sites all day, and pumper trucks removed some of the overflow from a pump station at the end of the cove until long after dark.

Tom Oakley, Chief of Staff at Utilities, Inc., said replacement of old, leaky pipes is an ongoing process.

Some neighbors told NBC Charlotte the pipes have leaked and overflowed since the 1970's. 

In October, the city of Tega Cay agreed to look into possibly buying the system from Utilities, Inc., and even South Carolina governor Nikki Haley has said the state is looking into what it can do to help.
 

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