COO of Utilities Inc. vows to fix Tega Cay sewage system

COO of Utilities Inc. vows to fix Tega Cay sewage system

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on September 19, 2013 at 11:18 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 19 at 11:20 PM

TEGA CAY, S.C. -- The Chief Operating Officer of Utilities Inc., the company that provides water and sewer services to Tega Cay, said the company has spent $3 million over the last three years trying to stop sewage spills.

John Hoy stopped in Charlotte on other business and agreed to sit down with NBC Charlotte and discuss what is being done after nearly 30 sewage spills were reported in the Tega Cay system since the first of the year.

He said the system that was built in the 70s is old and much of it is made up of clay pipes that can easily break.

“I am not using that as an excuse. We own the system. We are obligated to fix that system and we have been working to do that,” Hoy aid.

After being told of Hoy’s comments, Linda Stevenson -- who has organized a group of Tega Cay residents to fight the company -- said, “The problem is not solved, so I would assume they don’t know what they are doing.”

Another Tega Cay resident, Ryan Richard said, “We are paying the consequences for their inadequacies and it shouldn’t be tolerated any longer.”

The final straw for many residents came over the Labor Day weekend when a spill sent raw sewage into a Lake Wylie cove where some children were swimming. Hoy said the company put up some warning signs and told people in the water to get out.

But when asked if the company made so-called robo-calls to warn neighbors, Hoy said there had been no calls made.

Asked why, he said, “Our directive is to have that right there at the lake because robo-calls won’t reach everybody.”

Hoy said the company understands the frustration of Tega Cay residents. “We understand because we are actually frustrated too,” he said.

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