Debate Continues About Hopkin's New Sewer System

Hopkins, SC (WLTX) - Some residents in Lower Richland County will soon move from septic tanks to a sewer system but the plan is coming with some opposition.

It's already a done deal by county council.

Monday night, the members of the Hopkins community came together voicing their concerns about the cost and the overall impact to the area.

A majority of the residents living in Lower Richland and Hopkins drink well water and have septic tanks; recently DHEC discovered that 75% of the tanks are failing

The county recently started putting water lines in the area and will now begin the process of putting down sewer lines.

It would cost residents about $34 a month and a onetime fee of $4,000 to connect the line.

According to Paul Brawley, the Richland county auditor and a Hopkins resident said, "This project is just not affordable to most of the folks in Hopkins,"

Residents don't have to sign up for the sewer system immediately, but once the lines are down, if their septic tank fails, they will be forced to tie into the new sewer line.

The project is now in the engineering phase.


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