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New sewer lines are installed in Fort Mill

Workers are clearing the way to install seven miles of new sewer lines, marking one of the largest sewer line projects in the county in years.

FORT MILL, SC – York County is in the midst of one of its biggest sewer line projects in years. He is clearing the way to lay seven miles of new sewer lines.

Project manager Barry McKinnon says Fort Mill’s rapid growth necessitates sewer line updates. In a decade, Fort Mill’s population has grown by 77% to over 24,000 people in 2020.

“There’s so much commercial, residential and industrial growth here,” McKinnon said. “You want to try to stay one step ahead.”

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The new 30 inch pipes will double the area of ​​the current pipes. They will serve 20,000 homes and businesses across the city. The new sewer line will take about two years. The project costs $26 million and is funded directly from the monthly water and sewer bills residents already pay.

“We think it will last us at least the next 25 to 30 years,” said McKinnon, who also shared that it would be more expensive not to upgrade.

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“Eventually you’ll start to have pipe failures,” he said, “so you’ll have raw sewage that’s going all over the ground, usually going into a stream, so it’s going to end up in a river. “

McKinnon says that while the project may be delayed due to supply shortages and delays, he doesn’t expect residents to see service disruptions.

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