Approximately 5,000 gallons of sewage leaked from a line near I-26 and St. Andrews Road on Wednesday, flowing into a storm drain that leads to Stoops Creek and the Saluda River.
The spill was reported by Alpine Utilities to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control on Wednesday, and e-mail notification was sent to members of the Saluda River stakeholders group Wednesday afternoon.
Alpine sent media outlets a news release about the spill Thursday afternoon.
Lime was spread in the spill area, and the utility said it was working to fix the problem Thursday. The release indicated a line blockage caused the overflow nearly two miles up Stoops Creek from the river. Alpine indicated to DHEC that an incorrectly installed new tap into the sewage line caused the blockage.
Water samples were taken on Stoops Creek and on the Saluda below Stoops Creek Thursday, but lab results wont be known until today, DHEC spokesman Thom Berry said.