TEGA CAY, S.C. -- The company that provides water and sewer services to Tega Cay has been slapped with a fine of $136,000 and ordered to make permanent repairs to prevent future sewage spills.

The fine was levied by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, the entity that gave the company, Utilities Inc., 30 days to perform a temporary fix and two years to complete permanent repairs.

DHEC s action followed years of sewage spills. The most recent came over Christmas week last year when there were nearly a dozen spills.

The DHEC order doesn t immediately solve the problem, but residents like Joyce Clark say it is a start.

The fat lady is humming. She hasn t sung yet, she said.

Linda Stevenson, who is one of the founders of a neighborhood group that has raised concerns about the leaks, said, Now we have to hold Utilities Inc. and Tega Cay Water Services feet to the fire and make sure that all this is completed.

Tom Oakley, a spokesman for Utilities Inc., said the state s order sets out a time table for work the company has already started on the system.

The system is old and requires work, work we have already been doing and will continue to do, Oakley said in a telephone interview.

The company has 30 days to pay the fine.

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