Boil water advisory ends for Town of Fort Mill

Fort Mill officials received the results of its water samples Wednesday afternoon, which showed that no contaminants were found.
A boil water advisory that was issued in the town of Fort Mill after a water main was struck on Monday has ended, officials announced.
Published: Aug. 15, 2022 at 5:58 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 17, 2022 at 1:05 PM EDT
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FORT MILL, S.C. (WBTV) - A boil water advisory that was issued in the town of Fort Mill after a water main was struck on Monday has ended, officials announced.

According to information from the town, Fort Mill officials received the results of its water samples Wednesday afternoon, which showed that no contaminants were found and the Fort Mill Water System complies with all state and federal regulations.

“We’re hoping it doesn’t happen again. It was a random collection of events,” says spokesperson Chris Sardelli.

“Therefore, the Boil Water Advisory has ended and residents are free to use their water as normal, including for drinking or cooking purposes,” a notice from the town stated. “There is no need for residents to flush any holding tanks or water heaters, though we suggest emptying any ice makers that collected ice during the boil water advisory timeframe.”

On Monday, a contractor struck and damaged a water main along the Fort Mill Bypass near Spratt Street, causing low water pressure for some residents in the area. The town says this is the fourth time a water main has ben hit in the last three months.

“It’s unusual. It’s never happened with this much occurrence in this short amount of time before,” says Sardelli.

Sardelli says an electrical company, Pike Electric, caused the first two times—once on June 30th then a few days later on July 5th. The second two—York County crews working on the Pennies for Progress project. The first happened July 12th then almost a month later on August 15th.

“Just had to do with the equipment being used especially in this last case. Someone digging and tore a hole unfortunately in our water main,” he explains.

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Sardelli says the county crews and electrical company work often enough in the town to know where those lines are. Since this was the case, I asked what, if the town is doing anything to make sure crews aren’t constantly breaking the pipes and inconveniencing people.

”Our crews are constantly talking to these agencies and making sure you know lets find out what happened and making sure it doesn’t happen again,” he says.

WBTV reached out to York County for comment on the crew causing the boil water advisory. The county spokesperson says they don’t comment on matters dealing with private contractors. The contractors working on the Pennies project off of Spratt are Eagle Construction from Newbery, S.C.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control requires a Boil Water Advisory when the pressure in the town water system falls below 20 PSI, which can cause contamination.

Fort Mill town staff said that as a result of the water main break and intense flushing program, customers may notice some discoloring in the water at their faucets.

Anyone with questions is asked to call (803) 547-7158.

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