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For Immediate Release
June 27, 2014

DHEC advisory for Half-Mile Lake area of Greenville

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has discovered a sanitary sewer system overflow in which approximately 4000 gallons of untreated waste water overflowed above Half-Mile Lake subdivision on State Park Road/Hwy 253 in Greenville. This overflow is due to a clogged sewer collection line. 

DHEC's investigation determined that the overflow entered a tributary feeding into Half-Mile Lake. The agency has posted warning signs at commonly used access areas. The public is advised to avoid contact with waters around and downstream of the overflow location, including Half-Mile Lake and the tributary which feeds into the lake.

Overflows can result from a damaged or clogged sewer collection line, a loss of power, equipment failures or surcharges due to heavy rains. Urban streams and rivers are especially susceptible due to their location near sewer collection systems.

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For media inquiries:
Jim Beasley - (803) 898-7769
Email - beaslejc@dhec.sc.gov

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