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Darlington works to correct stinky sewer

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)

DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) - An answer may soon be coming to a smelly sewer system in one area of the City of Darlington.

“It smells like rotten sewage…garbage,” Tony McCants, whose mother lives on Chalmers Street said.

In March, the city started investigating the sewer after people living in the area complained that they could no longer endure the smell.

“It’s just a bad situation for the people who live out here,” McCants said.

The city’s investigation shows the pipes running under the ground do not drain properly because they are not at the correct angle. Instead of water draining from the area it sits and becomes stagnant.

Old refrigerators and trash somehow found their way into the ditch which runs into the sewer. The city is trying to keep all debris out.

City leaders said debris is not helping the smell or the backed up plumbing issue.

“The city is working on phase 1 phase, two and phase three. Phase one is the cleaning out of the ditch and yes some more debris has found its way into the ditch, but we are working to keep it clean and keep the Lyme out,” Darlington City Councilman James Cooper said.

Work crews said fixing the problem is going to cost $475,000 and the city said it is hoping to get a grant from the state to help cover the cost.

If the grant is approved work crews will have the smelly issue fixed by December of next year.

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