Sewage spills put spotlight on Alpine

February 2, 2011

By Sammy Fretwell
sfretwell@thestate.com
The State

 

Two sewage spills near the Saluda River this week brought renewed cries to rein in utilities that chronically leak human waste into South Carolina's environment.

Alpine Utilities Inc., which has had a recent history of sewer leaks, spilled about 5,000 gallons Sunday and Monday when manholes overflowed in the St. Andrews-Irmo area.

To address the problem of regular sewage spills, conservationists want companies that repeatedly leak wastewater to be audited and forced to fix system problems. A bill to be introduced in the Legislature would place restrictions on companies that leak 5,000 gallons three times or more in one year. Conservationists are unsatisfied with the efforts of state regulators to stop sewage spills from repeat offenders. Read the full article.