Angry Residents Take Action After Lake Wylie Sewage Spills

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by Kirk Hawkins

Tega Cay, SC--At a meeting of the Tega Cay Water Citizen's Advisory Council on Friday, members of the grass roots group decided to file a complaint. Their first step toward lobbying their local utility company to leave their community. "It's not a surprise...and it's not a surprise to us either," said Tega Cay resident Linda Stevenson.

One hundred thousand gallons of sewage and feces spilled out of a water treatment plant on Monday, then flowed right into the lake. Residents were intially told there were two overflows this week. But, they found out on Thursday that there were actually five. Utilities Inc is promising to fix the system. The Illinois based company in charge of that system sent more than 20 employees to Tega Cay after our first report on Tuesday.

"They were responsible for what they spilled. Tega Cay wants Utilties Inc to be responsible for what they did to our lake and we expect them to pay for all costs," said Stevenson, who is helping to lead the group. She plans to continue a battle that began for her seven years ago. "Today we at least feel we have their attention. We can't stop our fight against them. If we do then all our fight is for naught," said Stevenson.

"We certainly understand the frustration of the homeowners in Tega Cay  and are doing everything we can to identify and rectify the issues there," said Tom Oakley, Utilities Inc. Chief of Staff.

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