Hopkins Sewer Meeting has Some Boiling

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By Rochelle Dean

(WOLO) COLUMBIA,S.C., --

After 4 years of working on this - Richland county Officials are now trying to fix that broken system. Many of them - in these low lying areas of Richland that have long been the cause of water contamination because of problems with septic systems.

The solution - a 3 phase - 13 million dollar project that will create 5 collection zones. each with a pumping station to help filter raw sewage into nearby treatment plants.
but someone still has to pay for it.

"what concerns me the most is they're not sure what it's going to be. the 37 dollars a month is a guesstimate *if* they get a certain amount of people to tap into it, if they don't get as many people as they'd like that amount could go up."

As of right now county councilman Calvin Washington says the 37 dollars is a flat monthly rate - but that would be in addition to a one time 4 thousand dollar charge homeowners who would have the option to pay over a 48 month period.
Some longtime residents say they don't care how much it costs they are not going to foot the bill.

there will be another meeting for residents Thursday at the Hopkins Adult Activity Center beginning at 6pm.


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Judy said on Tuesday, Jul 8 at 1:57 PM

Don't blame the residents one little bit. When we moved to Greensprings...Carolina water had the water/sewer....then City of Columbia took it over...had to pay a few to tap on..48 month deal just like offered to these folks....then after a bit that went by the wayside and homeowners no longer had to pay that. HOWEVER, CITY OF COLA WATER WORKS did nothing to improve the fact that when this subdivision was built ...basically cul-de-sacs with only one run run off drain per cul-de-sac...where it meets of the main roads in the neighborhood....Greensprings/Sheridan/Remington....my house is not by one of the spillways which are blocked due to lawn servers and/or homeowners dumping the grass clippings...Just be prepared Hopkins folks.....now Palmetto of Richland Count LLC does the sewer and City of Cola the water so we GET TWO BILLS and have to write TWO CHECKS....not to mention Columbia keeps growing....Village at Sandhills...at least 10 new neighborhoods off N Brickyard Road..

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