HARTSVILLE, SC (WMBF) - Portions of the sewer in the city of Hartsville can now be replaced thanks to a grant from the SC Rural Infrastructure Authority.
The city received a grant for $332,000 to replace a 1,400 foot section of the sewer main that was installed in 1965. It moves all the sewage in the system to the city's wastewater plant, passing underground beneath Black Creek.
As time passes, the creek has gradually shifted and unearthed parts of the main that the city is planning to replace making it vulnerable to flooding and floating debris.
Any damage to the current lines, the city says, would result in the release of sewage downstream.
New pipes will be installed beginning in May, and the city hopes the project will be completed by November. In addition to the grant, the city of Hartsville with contribute $50,600 for the project's engineering and permitting costs.