No Swim Advisory Issued for Thurmond Lake

No Swim Advisory Issued for Thurmond Lake

UPDATE: No Swim Advisory Lifted

The SC Department of Health and Environmental Control lifted the no-swim advisory, July 20 that had been put in place at parts of Lake Thurmond.  The no-swim advisory had been issued Tuesday, July 17, after a broken pipe under a bridge near Lake Thurmond at Highway 378 and the Little River area caused thousands of gallons of raw sewage to empty into the lake.  The break has been repaired.

 

 

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control issued a no-swim advisory for Lake Thurmond (Clarks Hill Lake), Tuesday, July 17, following a pipe break that resulted in raw sewage emptying into the lake. According to reports, the break happened in a pipe under a bridge near Lake Thurmond at Highway 378 and the Little River area.  It was not known Tuesday what caused the pipe to break, but the break resulted in thousands of gallons of raw sewage spilling into the lake.  Exactly how many gallons was not known either, but due to reports that the McCormick County Waste Water Plant had not received waste water in 24 hours prior to the break being discovered, rough estimates are that about 90,000 gallons of raw sewage emptied into the lake.

DHEC was on site at the lake Tuesday taking water samples.  They are testing for fecal coliform.  Additionally, crews were working to remove the sewage by sucking it out of the lake.  It was unclear how long the no-swim advisory will be in effect.

 

2 Responses to "No Swim Advisory Issued for Thurmond Lake"

  1. Billy Birdwell   July 20, 2018 at 8:14 am

    The advisory affects only about 2 miles of the 1,200 miles of shoreline on Thurmond Lake. The rest of the reservoir is OPEN and SAFE. The SC DHEC did NOT issue an advisory for all of Thurmond Lake as implied by the above story. Get the facts here: http://ow.ly/rOug30l0Ube
    — Billy Birdwell, spokesperson for the Savannah District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

  2. Susan Skipper   July 23, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    I’m concerned about our drinking water also! Yet they tell us it’s safe because they add chlorine to it. That’s not good enough. Oh and thanks for your post. This should have been Big News since so many swim in this lake. Like my family. Every weekend! This past weekend!!!!