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TEGA CAY, S.C. -- The company that owns and operates the water and sewage system in Tega Cay that has been plagued by leaks in the past, is taking steps to prepare as a new storm approaches.

The City of Tega Cay has approved a plan to buy the system from Utilities Inc., but for now the company still owns the aging system that tends to see sewage spills during and after heavy rain events.

We know we will be inundated with big trucks. Pumper trucks, said Linda Stevenson, one of the leaders of a group of neighbors who have battled Utilities Inc. over the issues of service and rates.

Driving her golf cart around the golf course, Stevenson and another neighbor, Joyce Clark, saw trucks with Utilities Inc. workers and some outside contractors checking lift stations and other equipment.

In a statement, Utilities Inc.'s spokesperson, Tom Oakley, said crews have been told to be ready and to review all procedures prior to the storm's expected arrival.

Oakley said, With the addition of the new 600,000 gallon storage tank, we're confident that we've done everything in our power to prevent a spill.

But Stevenson and Clark say the new tank didn't do the job during the last heavy rain when there was another sewage spill.

So they were pumping all over Tega Cay to keep up with the sewage and then were hauling it off, Stevenson said.

The huge new tank was built alongside one of the holes on the Tega Cay Golf Club.

It is so ugly, Clark said as she drove up to the tank in her golf cart.

Stevenson says she can't wait until the city takes over the system and begins making repairs that she says have been needed for so long.

Now we know that we will have people who care about us, she said.

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