Sewage spill stirs more than just health concerns

COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Guy Jones is the owner of River Runner Outdoor Center.

He sells equipment for folks who love to spend time on water but he fears his business could be in jeopardy.

"The quantity of our resources is just too precious to be degradated."

He TMs talking about Stoops Creek.

This is where DHEC officials say more than five thousand gallons of sewage spilled into the creek which empties out into the Saluda River.

Jones says any contamination would stop folks from enjoying the water.

"It TMs the pollution that is worrisome. That can cause illness and rashes to people that come in contact with water, says Jones.

DHEC officials say earlier this week an employee at the Apline Utilities plant was concerned because there was no activity coming through their lines.

Their contractors went to investigate and found that a grease backup clogged a sewer line causing the sewage overflow.

"From what we have been able to determine so far, they appear to have done everything that they were supposed to have done," says Thom Berry, Spokesman for DHEC.

This is the second such spill in the Columbia area this week.

Berry says several factors could have contributed from folks pouring grease into a sink or a manhole.

"The night before there was a substantial amount of rain which could have flushed more liquids through the collection system, which may have broken smaller clogs loose to come down and collect as one large clog," says Berry.

Several folks in the area also concerned about marine life.

"So far we haven't seen any evidence of any stressed vegetation or any stressed wildlife or fish," says Berry.