More frustrations for Tega Cay residents after latest sewage spill

by: Trish Williford Updated:


TEGA CAY, S.C. - All the recent rain stirred up a nasty problem Channel 9 has been following for years in Tega Cay.

Neighbors said sewage is backing up into their yards again.

It's a problem Bill Burns said he's dealt with for nearly 40 years, but now he said he's had enough.

Burns said whenever there's a significant rainfall he's forced to deal with a huge mess in his own backyard -- sewage and storm water overflowing through a manhole.

"I used to have it to the point that when it would come out it would actually turn this cove right around this area black," Burns said.

Tega Cay Water Service told Eyewitness News there were six waste water spills on Dec. 23 in their area with an estimated 17,800 gallons that have poured into Lake Wylie in the past week.

Officials said heavy rains are to blame.

Burns said a few years ago work crews replaced his water lines and cleaned out the manhole, and he said for a while the overflow problem subsided.

But the problem has returned.

Burns has photographs he plans to show city leaders with the hope that one day soon this problem will be fixed for good.

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley announced last month that she's working with state environmental leaders to come up with a fix to the overflow problem.

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