Ongoing Problems at Broad River Wastewater Plant
On August 25th Richland County Council called a special meeting to address ongoing issues at their Broad River wastewater treatment plant. Last year DHEC took an enforcement action against the facility for permit violations in 2013 and 2014 (some of which were identified by Congaree Riverkeeper's water quality monitoring program). The treatment plant had additional bacteria violations in July and August.
Click the image to view the 2015 Consent Order ¦ Chart of violations at the Broad River WWTP in the last 3 years.
At the meeting County Council voted to declare the situation at the Broad River facility a public emergency and to allocate funds to hire a consultant to identify and fix treatment problems at the plant.
You can read more about in these stories from WIS and The State Newspaper:
WIS - Richland Co.releases plan to fix plant's pollution into Broad River
The State - Belching sewage plant will be fixed after years of problems, county says
Collecting Water Quality Samples at the Broad River WWTP