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Spartanburg Co. Says High Number of Septic Tanks Failing, Leaking

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SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. -

When it comes to a failed septic tank, Florence Steen knows the situation well. Her tank gave out, flooded her backyard and sent contaminated water into her home.

“It backed up into my bath tub,” said Steen.

It turns out 10 to 30 percent of homes in Spartanburg County have failing septic tanks that are leaking fecal bacteria.

“The older subdivisions you are seeing them,” said County Stormwater Manager Tim Sherbert. “Some of the mill villages that are on septic, you are seeing failures there."

Sherbert says that's a major health and environmental problem because septic leaks contaminate the groundwater. And that water gets into local rivers, streams and even your yard.

High levels of bacteria can also lead to diarrhea, nausea, cramps, hepatitis, viruses and infections. That's why Sherbert says he working to fix the issue. His office uses a community block grant to repair failing tanks.

Sherbert says property owners can help by pumping septic tanks every three to five years and by not flushing or dumping toxic materials.

In South Carolina the State Department of Health and Environmental Control issues permits for the installation of new septic tanks. The agency is also in charge of enforcing the maintenance of older ones.

If you know of a septic tank problem in your area that is not being maintained, you can report the property owner to your local DHEC office. Visit this website for more information.

For more information on grant funding used to repair Spartanburg County septic tanks call Tim Sherbert at 864-595-5349 or the Community Development Department at 864-595-5308.

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