100,000-gallon sewage spill in Tega Cay prompts warning

jmarks@fortmilltimes.comApril 30, 2013 

— A no swim advisory is in place near another sewage spill in Tega Cay, this one estimated by Tega Cay Water Service to be 100,000 gallons.

The utility issued a public notice Monday saying a wastewater treatment plant off of Marquesas Drive released “approximately 100,000 gallons of partially treated wastewater” after a rainfall of more than three inches. The company listed heavy rainfall as the reason.

The incident occurred from midnight until 9 a.m. April 29.

“The wastewater then flowed into an adjacent storm drain that empties into the cove,” read the company notice. “We are issuing a no swimming advisory for the cove of Lake Wylie that is bordered by Marquesas Avenue and Palmyra Drive and are posting no-swimming signs in that area.”

Bacteria samples will be collected daily until they indicate normal levels. The state Department of Health and Environmental Control will determine when to lift the swim advisory.

Stephen White lives near the cove where the spill occurred. He watched two tanker trucks working at the site most of the day Monday. White says he’s frustrated that the same cove has seen multiple spills.

“They keep blaming the rain, the rain, the rain,” White said. “But you don’t hear that when it rains on the plants on Mountain Island (Lake) or Lake Norman.”

Unlike spills earlier in the year or late last year, warm weather of late means the no swim advisory this time is a major issue, White said. “It’s a heck of a lot of young children who are already swimming in the coves down there,” he said.

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