Neighbors deal with another sewage leak in Tega Cay

Neighbors deal with another sewage leak in Tega Cay


by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on April 2, 2013 at 11:16 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 2 at 11:21 PM

TEGA CAY, S.C. -- There has been another sewage leak at the Tega Cay neighborhood on lake Wylie.

This time, a pipe broke near homes located off of Point Clear Drive.

Dirt and straw were still visible Tuesday night from where crews from Tega Cay Water Service repaired the leak.

The company blamed the leak on tree roots that cracked a pipe.

The leak is right next to the home of Emily Futhey.  "It mostly backs up onto his side because he is downhill from us," she said.

Futhey was referring to the home across the street where neighbors said sewage flowed around, and in some cases, into the home.

However, it affected everyone on the narrow street.

"It is quite annoying and we have to deal with this and it is a mess," said another resident on the street, Ray Kenner.

Neighbors here have complained for years about problems and spills that threaten the pristine waters of Lake Wylie.

Neighbor Joyce Clark said, "This is sad. I think this is our fourth or fifth home spill and we've also had four into the lake."

The parent company of Tega Cay Water Service is Utilities, Inc. In a statement, company analyst Tom Oakley said, "These homes were built approximately 40 years ago and clay pipes were used, so yes, it is not uncommon to have root issues."

When these homes were built, the company says the sewer lines were all tied together and did not run individually into the main line.

The company said that kind of construction would no longer be permitted and it would now run new lines from the homes.

Just last month, sewage bubbled up from a manhole in Tega Cay and spilled down into a lake cove.

Utilities, Inc. blamed that incident on vandalism and produced a photo of what it says was a hunk of wood it believed had been intentionally placed in a a sewer.