Catawba Riverkeeper joins citizens group in Tega Cay water woes

Posted January 16, 2014 7:55 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News

tega-cay-sewerCourtesy Tega Cay Water Citizens Advisory Council
Residents in Tega Cay have a new ally in trying to force their utility provider to fix a number of issues in their aging system.

Issues like overflowing sewers — that send hundreds of thousands of gallons of raw sewage into Lake Wylie each year.

Catawba Riverkeeper Sam Perkins met with the Tega Cay Water Citizens Advisory Council Thursday and the two are now focusing their efforts on an order issued by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control to fix the issue.

Perkins said DHEC’s consent order identified “a lot” of issues with the system. He and the citizens’ group are now attempting to quantify how the utility defaulted on its obligation.

“This is an old system… and when you have a system like that, you’ve gotta keep up with it,” Perkins said. “You have to make sure your infrastructure is able to handle it.”

Residents can usually predict when the sewers will overflow — usually after heavy rains.

“There’s just no measure to tell how you how frustrated we are,” Lake Wylie resident Linda Stevenson said in an interview with our news partner CN2 News. “When you have gone from everybody from the governor of the state down. And nobody can do anything?  They are breaking federal law.”

Lake Wylie is the source of water for many York County residents — city water supplies in Rock Hill, Fort Mil land York are all fed by Lake Wylie.

“It’s gotten ridiculous. When you have kids playing in the cove you are really opening up the opportunity for infection,” Perkins said about the sewage overflows.

Typically, following those overflows, no-swim orders are issued for specific portions of Lake Wylie. Those orders are generally lifted one to two weeks following the initial spill.