West Cola officials: Treatment underway after sewage spill in neighborhood pond

West Cola officials: Treatment underway after sewage spill in neighborhood pond

WEST COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Officials in West Columbia said they are working to resolve a sewage spill in a neighborhood pond that happened over the weekend.

The incident happened in a pond in the Quail Hollow neighborhood, and homeowners are concerned. The spill occurred in a manhole on June 2 and was reported by the Congaree River Keeper. By the morning of June 3, crews worked to clean the spill.

On June 4, crews went back to the pond to ensure the spill was cleaned correctly and noticed sewage. The city reported the issue to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, or SCDHEC.

Anna Huffman with the City of West Columbia said that the city is working to resolve the issue and are following the "proper protocols and procedures as advised by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control."

SCDHEC tested the water on Tuesday and reported that the bacteria in the water was at 82.3. SCDHEC only restricts swimming at a level of 359 or higher.

In a statement given to the Quail Hollow Homeowners Association, the city says, "The safety and health of our citizens and their children is our highest priority."

The statement says:

Regarding the sewage overflow reported Friday night, the City of West Columbia followed proper protocols and procedures as advised by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC).

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