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City of Darlington hopes to eliminate foul odors

A photo of the blocked culvert that Darlington officials say is the stinky culprit. Source: City of Darlington. A photo of the blocked culvert that Darlington officials say is the stinky culprit. Source: City of Darlington.
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DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) - The City of Darlington has taken major steps addressing foul odors in the Chalmers Street Area.

City-led crews of inmates from the Darlington County Prism Farm and the Hartsville Oil Mill, began removing debris such as trees, TV's and tires from the ditch system. Crews will work from Washington Street and the railroad tracks toward Chalmers Street.

Thursday morning, City engineers at Davis & Brown found no signs of sewer blockages or breaks during a series of smoke tests in the Chalmers Street neighborhood where a foul odor has residents fuming.


Hartsville Oil Mill has been assisting the City in finding the main source of smell and have removed a large piece of concrete that blocked a caved-in culvert along a ditch, near the railroad tracks.


An old manhole was also discovered by Hartsville Mill that had been blocked in the same area. This is a point in the system where multiple ditches come together and make a sharp turn.


Survey crews continue to work to get additional data on the ditch system. Problems in the grading could be contributing to a lack of flow, creating standing water and breeding a horrible smell as organic material decays and bakes in 100-degree temperatures.


“Even if blockages are removed from culverts, if the ditches aren't graded properly, the water won't be carried away and neither will the odor,” City of Darlington Water & Sewer Superintendent Freddie Kinsaul says.


The City has applied for permits to clear the ditches on railroad property and expects to have those permits in hand next week.


"It is our desire to mitigate the smell, ensure a safe environment for our residents, and save jobs in the local economy at the same time,” says Lisa Chalian-Rock, director of planning and economic development for the City.


Davis & Brown will submit a draft proposal and estimate to clean and grade all the ditches in connection with this part of the City's drainage system at the July 14th City Council meeting.  

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