SPARTANBURG Co., SC (WSPA) Homeowners on Lakes Bowen and Blalock say an Upstate utility is inching its way onto their property and they aren’t happy about it.
Monday night they met to talk strategy in a showdown with Spartanburg Water.
7News was asked not to attend the meeting, but we’re told it was standing room only and filled with concerned homeowners like Dustin Green
“It’s just kinda turning into a hassle, a legal battle just to enjoy your property,” Green said.
As property owners on the lakes emerged from Monday night’s meeting, they had plenty to say.
“Our home has been there since 1979, 40 years and its been exactly the same yard for 40 years so now we’re being told that we don’t have access to the water,” property owner Steve Catto said.
The issue centers around property lines, between property owners and Spartanburg Water.
The utility is rolling out new rules and regulations on what owners can and cannot do. But some say the utility is over reaching.
“They want you to get an arborist to just look at a tree to see if you can cut it down and they want that to come out of your pocket,” Dustin Green said.
Steve Cato and his wife have owned their lake front property for years. Now new rules make them feel like they’re nearly underwater.
Meeting attendees say they learned how the board of directors for Spartanburg Water is set up, including who serves on the board and how members are elected. And for some, therein lies the issue.
The utility draws drinking water from Lake Bowen and its leaders say the regulations keep contamination down.
“We want to maintain our property value and we want to keep our drinking water clean… as a group that’s what I heard in there, everybody’s concerned,” Catto said.
Former U.S. Congressman Trey Gowdy is the attorney representing the homeowners in this case.
7News called his office Monday, but did not hear back from him.
Gowdy was not at Monday night’s meeting, but did send the water company a nine-page letter days ago challenging the utility’s draft of rules and regulations.