Utilities Inc.: No sewage spill in Steele Creek

jmarks@lakewyliepilot.comJanuary 9, 2014 

— Heavy maintenance truck traffic Wednesday at the Yachtsman in Steele Creek wasn’t because of a sewage spill. It was to prevent one.

Yachtsman resident Colleen O’Connell contacted the Lake Wylie Pilot after seeing Utilities Inc. trucks. She had read about several sewage spills in Tega Cay by Tega Cay Water Service, a subsidiary of Utilities Inc. Carolina Water Service, which serves Lake Wylie and parts of Steele Creek, also is a subsidiary.

“These trucks have been cycling every three hours for probably four days now,” O’Connell said. “It’s the same Utilities Inc. we have.”

Tom Oakley with Utilities Inc. said Thursday morning there was an incident but not a sewage spill.

“There has been no spill,” he said. “We had a catastrophic pump failure at a lift station in our Queens Harbor/Yachtsman system, and have been pumping and hauling from the lift station to prevent a spill.”

Oakley said the issue has been almost entirely resolved and reiterated Lake Wylie wasn’t impacted.

“A new pump arrives today and we are having the second pump repaired, which will take care of the situation,” he said. “Again, no spill.”

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