Richland County, SC (WLTX) - The East Richland Public District says their system is clean and their water is safe.
The announcement comes after a cancer causing chemical was found in the grease trap of a Midlands restaurant. Previous Coverage: DHEC Opens Criminal Investigation After Discovery of PCB
News19 received two reports Thursday--both tests for PCB, the agent the DHEC believes someone illegally dumped. The all clear is relieving news, because if they had not been detected, the cancer causing agents could have impacted the water supply and the health of the community.
The director of the water treatment plant says his inspectors are now actively working to check every other grease trap in the area to make sure no one else has illegally dumped the dangerous chemical. So far, no other traces of PCB have been found.
He says there's no chance the chemical is in the water supply.
"The grease trap - everything is done on grade," said East Richland Public District Director Larry Brazell. "The grease trap sits three to four feet below the floor so there's no way it could ever go back in and it has a back flow preventer that won't let the water go back to the store."
He also has asked business owners to have grease traps to keep an eye out for anyone who may be illegally dumping chemicals.