Unpleasantness Mounting for Community with Sewer Problems

If something smells funny in Mt. Pleasant, it could be the faulty $8 million sewer lagoon — which promises to ding taxpayers twice as the city asks for state assistance to pay for it.

The (Columbia) Daily Herald reports Mt. Pleasant officials have asked for state aid in paying off the loan on the wastewater lagoon, whose poor performance has spurred environmental fines. Local and state officials met earlier this week, and state Sen. Bill Ketron tells the Herald that options include freezing payments owed by the city.

Ketron said officials hope to hear back within 60 days on whether the city will receive assistance. He said much of the meeting focused on an engineer describing the problems the city was having with its wastewater lagoon.

Mt. Pleasant has been plagued by sewage overflows and an aging wastewater system.

The town hoped to address those problems with a multimillion-dollar lagoon system.

Ketron said (the state Department of Environment and Conservation) is threatening to fine the city because of problems with the lagoon, even though the department approved plans for the lagoon system.