UPDATE: “The Ditch”

By Jana E. Pye, Editor, editor@newsandpress.net

At the Darlington City Council monthly meeting for October, city manager Howard Garland announced to council and attendees that the city had done all their testing of water and sewer lines to determine the cause of the unbearably malodorous ditch off of Chalmers Street, and found that the city had not caused any sewage to enter the ditch.

In addition, the city removed many things that had been dumped into the ditch that blocked flow, and added countless amounts of lime.

Residents say that it has improved.

The News and Press asked the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control what their findings were. In a reply dated October 30th, Cassandra S. Harris
DHEC Media Relations stated:

“This is an ongoing investigation. The City of Darlington has submitted a report which we are currently reviewing. We plan to schedule a meeting with Darlington to further discuss the report and potential next steps.”

We will continue to keep readers informed on the status.

Author: Duane Childers

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