Residents along Kent and Gapway Roads near Andrews have had to deal with a very smelly problem in recent weeks — broken sewer pipes.
But a solution may be on the way if funding can be secured.
Meghan Grissom, who lives on Gapway Road, said the problems started about a month ago when a pipe in front of her house burst.
She said she contacted Georgetown County Water and Sewer District about the pipe but “it took two days to get them to fix it.”
She said the sewage filled her ditches making her yard stink and a health hazard.
“It was disgusting,” she said.
She said there have also been pipes break on Cherry Street and in front of Kent Mobile Home Park recently. She said her father waited three hours for a crew to arrive when the Cherry Street incident occurred.
“There are a lot of children in this neighborhood,” Grissom said about it being a health concern. “This stuff was flowing into Greens Creek.”
She said she feels GCWSD was “slack” in their response times to fix the problems.
GCWSD Executive Director Ray Gagnon disagrees, saying when Grissom called about the problem on her property, crews were on the scene within an hour but she may not have seen them. He said they were rerouting the flow which took place about a mile from her home.
They then went and repaired the pipe.
He said the problems in the area have been caused when a pump shuts down. He said workers have made a change that causes valves to close slower than they were closing which should help the situation.
Gagnon said as an added precaution, workers are now walking in the area weekly to see if there are any leaks or busted pipes in places that may not be seen by residents.
“We have also set up an assessment management plan and will replace about 8,000 feet of pipe,” he said. “We are looking for funding for that now.”
He said the Kent Road pipe replacement has been inserted into next year’s budget but must go through the budget process before it is approved.
He said GCWSD has 459 miles of sewer pipe in the county and the problem is impacting a one-mile area.
However, he urges anyone who sees any problems to call 546-8408 immediately.
“We will respond immediately when we get a report of a pipe break,” he said. “We are a 24/7, 365 days a year operation.”
By Scott Harper
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