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'No Swim' Advisory: Sewage Spills Continue Into Lake Wylie

'No Swim' Advisory: Sewage Spills Continue Into Lake Wylie

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When it rains, Tega Cay Water Service still overflows, although sewer blockage responsible for overflow on March 11, which had no rain.

Boaters and swimmers should take precautions for days after rain events as runoff makes its way through the basin to the main river channel and its lakes. 

After rain events, runoff sends sediment, bacteria, and other contaminants into waterways (ultimately lakes).  Rain events are also when sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) primarily occur because of inflow and infiltration (I&I) of storm water into aging sewer systems, which cannot handle the capacity and release a mix of sewage and storm water.  However, blockages because of roots, grease, and other impediments also result in overflows, as happened in Tega Cay today.

A swim advisory has been issued.  This is what has been sent to residents:

Due to a sewer main blockage we have experienced a small volume Sanitary Sewer Overflow from a manhole behind 9066 Tulagi Ct.  SC DHEC has been notified. We will be placing No Swimming signs in the affected area and ask that you avoid contact with the lake until further notice. The area will be cleaned up and lime applied as needed.

This was a courtesy call from Tega Cay Water Service, Inc. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your patience as we work to correct these deficiencies.

If this message was incomplete or should you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-272-1919, again that number is 1-800-272-1919.


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