WATER QUALITY ADVISORY: Crews restore operations following sewer overflow in Fountain Inn area

Thursday, August 10, 2023

ReWa crews have restored operations following a sanitary sewer overflow (SSO) that occurred near Telfair Street in the Fountain Inn area.

The proper notifications were made to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) and intakes downstream of the reported overflow in South Durbin Creek. ReWa officials said the SSO stopped at approximately 1:15 p.m., less than two hours after crews were notified of the issue at 11:10 a.m.

Thursday’s SSO resulted from damage to an 8-inch gravity main sewer from a fallen tree and other debris following heavy storms earlier in the week. ReWa’s collections team was able to move quickly to ensure bypass operations were in place to redirect flows from the damaged pipe.

This event will NOT affect ReWa’s ability to provide sewer service to the area and will also NOT affect the drinking water. Pending further review, ReWa will continue to post updates regarding progress and new details as they become available. Samples were taken from the area for lab analysis.

For additional information, please contact our hotline at (864) 299-4004. Any updates will be posted as a “news alert” at the top of our homepage at www.ReWaonline.org.


Since 1925, Renewable Water Resources (ReWa) has been committed to providing high-quality wastewater treatment services to the Upstate of South Carolina while promoting a cleaner environment, protecting public health and the water quality of Upstate waterways, and developing the necessary sewer infrastructure to sustain our community and growing economy. With nine water resource recovery facilities and more than 350 miles of pipe, we serve a broad geographic area, including Greenville County and portions of Anderson, Laurens, Pickens, and Spartanburg Counties. Each day an estimated 42 million gallons of water passes through our trunk lines and reclamation facilities before being cleaned and returned to our area rivers and streams. To learn more about ReWa, visit rewaonline.org.