WATER QUALITY ADVISORY: Operations restored following sewer overflow in Fountain Inn area

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

ReWa crews have restored operations following a sanitary sewer overflow (SSO) that occurred near Howard Branch 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. ReWa officials said the SSO stopped at approximately 5:20 p.m., a little less than an hour after crews were notified of the issue at 4:30 p.m.

Monday’s SSO resulted from damage to a 10-inch gravity main sewer line following a detention pond washout. ReWa’s collections team was able to move quickly to ensure bypass operations were in place to redirect flows from the damaged pipe. The repairs were completed at 8:15 p.m.

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