SENECA, SC (WSPA) – Officials with the Oconee Joint Regional Sewer Authority is working to repair a wastewater pump station that was reportedly damaged in a flood that happened on Coneross Creek near Seneca on Friday.
According to a OJRSA news release, the creek rose 12-feet in four hours, submerged the station at the Coneross Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility and caused a sewer overflow, which continues to flow into a creek near the treatment plant.
“The OJRSA hired utility contractor Greenstone Construction to install an emergency connection that will allow the affected portion of the system to be placed back into operation by Thursday. It is anticipated that it will take up to six weeks to complete the rehabilitation of the pump station. The treatment plant was not damaged and continues to process the remaining wastewater delivered by other pump stations in the system.”
According to the release, OJRSA, along with the South Carolain Department of Health and Environmental Control, decided to limit operations at the pump station during the flood to protect equipment and reduce hazards to staff.
OJRSA officials said the estimated volume of wastewater spilled into Coneross Creek since April 19 is approximately 1.7 million gallons.
“The OJRSA has posted signs alerting those in the vicinity to avoid the area and affected waterways and they will remain in place until SCDHEC has approved any required cleanup and sampling analysis. People and pets along Coneross Creek from Return Church Road to Lake Hartwell should avoid contact with the water until the notice is rescinded. Updates will be posted on the website header at www.ojrsa.org.”