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Broken sewer line Friday may have allowed untreated sewage to make its way into Lake Murray

Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) – A Town of Lexington sewer force main was struck and broken Friday by an independent contractor who was doing some digging near Weeds Landing. Although Town of Lexington utility workers responded immediately, some untreated sewage may have found its way into Lake Murray before the line could be shut down.

According to Jennifer Dowden, spokesman for the town, letters were distributed to all homeowners in the area advising them of the spill and asking them to refrain from using the lake for a short period. Dowden said that DHEC was notified as is proper procedure. After the repair was made, the town has continued to sample the lake and the water has met all safety requirements.

When contractors hit utility lines, they may be held financially responsible for the damages if they haven’t made the proper notifications. State law requires them to notify all utility providers in the area in advance and allow them time to mark their lines before the contractor digs. Private individuals are held to the same standard if they are digging on their property.

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