Thursday, September 22, 2022
WATER QUALITY ADVISORY: ReWa crews restore operations following sanitary sewer overflow
GREENVILLE COUNTY — Renewable Water Resources (ReWa) crews have restored operations following a sanitary sewer overflow that occurred Thursday morning in an unincorporated rural area within the I-185 corridor.
According to ReWa officials, crews responded around 8 a.m. to an overflow in the Reedy River watershed, north of Log Shoals Road in Simpsonville near the location of the utility's Huff Creek Force Main. Force mains are pipelines that convey wastewater under pressure. A preliminary investigation indicates the SSO resulted from a break in a 16-inch line.
The proper notifications were made to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), in addition to any downstream water intakes downstream of the force main failure. Signs indicating the SSO occurred were also placed in the immediate area.
This event will NOT affect ReWa’s ability to provide sewer service to the area and will also NOT affect the drinking water. Officials said the utility will continue to investigate the incident and will collect samples from the watershed as part of its standard monitoring practice following an SSO. Pending further review of the monitoring and its wider investigation, ReWa will continue to post updates regarding progress and new details as they become available.
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.
ABOUT RENEWABLE WATER RESOURCES (ReWa):
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