- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - State health officials have found signs of contamination in groundwater near a Kershaw County sewage treatment plant.

The State newspaper reported (http://bit.ly/1FHCTTg) that the Department of Health and Environmental Control has ordered plant operators to protect drinking water in the area from pollution.

Neither DHEC nor Palmetto Utilities have found unsafe levels of nitrate in the private wells near the company’s wastewater system.

But the utility and state officials have signed an agreement that says the company must develop a plan to prevent potential problems with drinking water supplies.

That agreement states that nitrate has been in the groundwater in the area more than 10 years.

Both Palmetto Utilities and DHEC say the drinking water in the area is safe now. Palmetto also said it has addressed a seepage problem.

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Information from: The State, http://www.thestate.com

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