by: Catherine Bilkey Updated:
City leaders in Tega Cay voted Thursday to approve the purchase agreement with Utilities Inc. for $5.85 million.
"This is a monumental decision for the city because we're moving one step further to the purchase of the entire system," Mayor George Sheppard said.
Lake Wylie is the centerpiece of Tega Cay and the sewage issues there have been at the center of city politics. Many residents are excited the city is taking over an old sewage infrastructure even if it takes more time and money.
Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency cited more than 25 wastewater spills that put over 446,000 gallons of untreated sewage into Lake Wylie.
"We're going to fix the problems which have stemmed from the sewage going into the lake," Sheppard said.
The deal isn't done yet. The city hopes to close on the purchase May 30.