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      Shutdown delayed Timmonsville water repairs

      TIMMONSVILLE, S.C. (AP) - Now that the federal government is again open, the Florence County town of Timmonsville can get help for its beleaguered water system.

      Florence Mayor Stephen Wukela tells the Morning News of Florence that the shutdown delayed approval of millions in loans to repair the town's water and sewer infrastructure now being operated by Florence.

      He called the shutdown "a colossal waste of time and money" but says federal officials will now be able to close loans for system repairs.

      The Timmonsville system has problems including untreated wastewater oozing from manholes, the smell of untreated sewage in the air and orange stains on newly laundered clothes.

      Florence proposed up to $18 million in local, state and federal loans and grants to fix the system in exchange for taking it over.

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      Information from: Morning News, http://www.scnow.com

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