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300 gallons of sewage spills into Lake Wylie over weekend

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TEGA CAY, SC (WBTV) -

Over the weekend, 300 gallons of sewage spilled into Lake Wylie from old utility pipes that back flow during heavy rain events.

This is nothing new to Tega Cay residents, but help may be in sight.

After agreeing to buy the spill prone sewage system from Utilities Inc. for nearly $6 million, city officials in Tega Cay say they're going to spend another $6.5 million dollars upgrading the system.

That has residents rejoicing.

Hooray! Happy days are here again," said Tega Cay resident Linda Stevenson.

"It's very frustration when you get news the next day that there's no swimming after people have already been swimming in the lake, so it's going to be a good thing for the community," said resident Debbie Zelewski.

Although it's not a done deal yet, Tega Cay City Manager Charlie Funderburk expects the buyout to be completed by June.

After the takeover, the city will spend $6.5 million to repair the system and hopefully remove massive overflow tanks installed by Utilities Inc. that were suppose to stop sewage spills like the one this past weekend.

Funderburk says the city will not inherit fines Utilities Inc. incurred from State Health officials and new customers will see about a $3 increase to their bill.

He went on to say the buyout not only holds city officials accountable to residents now, but he hopes it can clean-up a tarnished image.

"It definitely helps our reputation. Hopefully if we're able to repair this thing and get it in the right direction, it'll definitely help the city's reputation," said Funderburk.

As for Stevenson, she's optimistic the city's takeover will lead to a healthier future for residents and Lake Wylie.

"It does not mean there won't be any more spills and it would be false for people to believe that, but minimum spills I would hope," she said.

City officials say upgrades to the system could take up to two years, but they are working with State Health Officials on a consent order so they won't face any penalties moving forward after completion of the purchase.

Officials went on to say the buyout won't affect projects already in place by the city, including a new fire station.

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