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About 10,000 gallons of sewage spilled into a holding pond in the Bluffton area Thursday morning after a cable crew damaged a buried pipe.
The pipe, near the intersection of Buckwalter Parkway and U.S. 278, began leaking at about 11 a.m., according to the Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority. The leak was stopped by 11:45 a.m.
BJWSA spokesman Matthew Brady said the crew was working on some type of cables, such as electrical or fiber optic. He did not know the name of the company whose crew damaged the pipe, but said the work wasn't related to the widening of U.S. 278 and that the location of the pipe was clearly marked.
The company contacted BJWSA after the leak began, Brady said.
The spill was contained entirely in the holding pond, according to BJWSA. The utility will pump water out of the pond and treat it, Brady said.
Brady said the contractor would be responsible for the cost of cleanup, but it wasn't clear Thursday how much the bill would be.
The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control was notified and will work with BJWSA to mitigate the effects of the spill.
Signs have been posted near the pond to notify the public of the spill. Though there's no immediate health risk, residents should avoid the area until the signs are removed, according to the release.
Staff writer Rachel Heaton