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Tega Cay utility cited for spilling sewage


Federal environmental regulators have cited the parent company of a South Carolina utility for spilling hundreds of thousands of gallons of untreated sewage.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday said it had issued a notice of violation to Utilities Inc., the parent company of Tega Cay Water Services.

EPA and South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control officials visited Tega Cay in December. Last year, the EPA says the utility had at least 27 overflows, dumping out more than 446,000 gallons of untreated sewage.

At least 18 of the overflows made it navigable waters.

Tega Cay residents Jolene Church and Linda Stevenson say they're overjoyed to know EPA officials are cracking down on Utilities Inc. to make sure sewage stops spilling into Lake Wylie.

"Happy, I'm just finally glad someone is listening to us and understands what we've been going through for years," said Church.

"Finally someone outside of DHEC has noticed we have a major problem here that needs to be addressed," said Stevenson.

Tega Cay city officials have been trying for months to work out a deal with Utilities Inc. to buy the sewer system.

Earlier this month, the private company put out a bid for the city to buy the system for $7.8-million.

City officials are now taking the latest violation into consideration to get the best price on a system that they say needs repairs throughout it.

"We're working to help try to find the best solution, so this can be cleaned up and we can move forward," said Tega Cay City Manager Charlie Funderburk.

No fines have been issued, but the notice requires Tega Cay to follow DHEC-ordered fixes issued earlier this year. The EPA will monitor progress and repairs over the next two years.

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