Engineers working to resolve ongoing water issues in Belton, some area schools on remote learning day

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BELTON, S.C. (WSPA) – City officials in Belton said engineers are working to solve a water supply issue that started early Thursday morning.

Alan Sims, city administrator for Belton, said the problem started around 5 a.m. Thursday morning. Sims said the city received a call from the Belton-Honea Path Water Authority saying that pressure was dropping, which typically means there is a leak somewhere.

Sims said in this case, they know they don’t have a water leak at this time, but said the problem is that they do not have any water coming into the city from the water authority.

“We know we don’t have a water leak at this time, but the problem is, we do not have any water coming into the City from the Honea Path Water Authority where we purchase our water from. And that’s why were limited on our water supply,” Sims said.

Sims also said the biggest problem is not being able to find the problem.

According to Sims, there is limited water supply at this time and said the tanks are not giving them enough water to fill them to capacity.

He said currently there are more than 2,600 water customers impacted, and all are experiencing either low water pressure or no water at all.

Staff members with the Belton Fire Department and the City of Belton are also working to get water to those impacted by the water supply issues. They are putting six bottles of water in a bag and each family will get two bags of water.

The water bottles are being given out at city hall, located at 306 Anderson St. in Belton.

“We know that it’s affecting everyone and if it was something that I could just jump in and fix, I would put boots on and I would be there fixing it,” said Mayor Tiffany Ownbey, for the City of Belton.

Mayor Ownbey said after this problem, she’s hopeful the city will soon be able to receive assistance in getting another main water line that will deliver water to the city. Mayor Ownbey said for years, city staff have been trying to go after grants to update the infrastructure.

“I’ve been told we have asked in the past, and I know talking with my head water guy, we’ve asked for assistance in getting another main water line coming into the City, never got it, so at this point, maybe we can get some help there,” Mayor Ownbey said.

In regards to water bottles offered by the city, Mayor Ownbey said if you’re unable to come out to get the water, they have staff ready to come to you with the supply.

Anderson School District Two officials said some Belton area schools will be closed on Friday due to water issues in the city of Belton.

Belton Middle School, Belton Elementary School and Marshall Primary School students will continue with their learning through remote learning, according to the district.

All other schools in Anderson School District Two will be open and operating on a normal schedule.

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