- Associated Press - Friday, March 3, 2017

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - North Myrtle Beach officials estimate it will take 35 more years to finish removing and replacing drainage pipes that dump polluted storm water runoff directly into the ocean.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports (https://bit.ly/2mA8UrI ) the city has removed more than 20 drainage pipes since 2002 and replaced them with five outfalls, leaving 29 pipes to replace.

The total cost to complete the work by 2052 is estimated at $150 million.

The 18th Avenue North Ocean Outfall set to begin construction after the summer tourist season this year will cost $12 million and take two years to complete.

City spokesman Pat Dowling says the new process collects storm water underground, treats it and releases it 1,200 feet into the ocean.

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Information from: The Sun News, https://www.thesunnews.com/

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