LAKE WYLIE, S.C. – South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley says she is trying to come up with a solution to end the sewage spills that have plagued the community of Tega Cay, and in some cases, sent raw sewage into Lake Wylie.
Haley talked about the Tega Cay problems following a speech on jobs and the economy to the Lake Wylie Lions Club.
As she was leaving, the governor stopped to talk with Linda Stevenson of the Tega Cay Water Citizens Advisory Council, a group that was started by Stevenson and other Tega Cay residents.
Stevenson pleaded for something to be done, and pointed the finger at Utilties Inc. the company that operates the system that has had more than 40 leaks and spills since the first of the year.
“Honestly they have never done anything for us and they are dumping hundreds of gallons of sewage into our lake,” she told Governor Haley.
The governor said her staff is already working on a possible solution.
“You know our goal is let’s look at all the options and bring all the legal team in, and let’s see what we can do. And we want to make sure we bring those options back to you,” Haley said to Stevenson.
Pressed by reporters, Haley would not discuss what a solution might actually entail and said one concern is that Utilities Inc. is a private company.
“That is what we’re trying to determine -- exactly who has the control and who can say what can be done,” said Haley.
In a statement Tom Oakley of Utilities Inc. wrote, “…we continue to work closely with all concerned parties…and the Governor’s office to keep them apprised of our efforts in Tega Cay.”