2015 Sewer Spill Report
For the last several years we have compiled data from DHEC's sanitary sewer overflow (SSO) database to produce a report on the last year's sewer spills. In 2015 there were 205 reported sewer spills resulting in more than 5.6 million gallons of sewage spilled in the Congaree Riverkeeper jurisdictional area. For comparison, there were 185 reported spills totaling 1.9 million gallons in 2014. You can view the 2014 report here.
Crane Creek, a tributary to the Broad River, was the hardest hit area again with almost 4.5 million gallons spilled. In fact, more than 2.5 million gallons of sewage spilled into the creek just between December 24th and the end of the year. You can read more about the issues on Crane Creek in this recent article from the Free Times.
IMPORTANT NOTE: As high as these numbers are, they do not include many of the sewer spills associated with the October floods. Almost all the sewer systems in the Midlands experienced overflows during the floods but were unable to identify and report all of them or estimate the volumes, which were likely in the millions of gallons.