Officials: Sewage overflowing into marsh near Ashley River caused by hole in sewer pipe

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The North Charleston Sewer District says employees have discovered a hole in a sanitary sewer force main pipe that traverses the marsh along the Ashley River, resulting in an ongoing sanitary sewer overflow.

The pipe is located near the Wando Woods community between Apple St. and Floyd Circle, according to the department.

A sanitary sewer is a system of underground pipes that carries sewage from bathrooms, sinks, kitchens, and other plumbing components to a wastewater treatment plant where it is filtered, treated and discharged.

"NCSD is mobilizing equipment and contractors to the area to make the repair. As of now, the repair is estimated to take approximately one week," states Lisa Burns, executive assistance with the North Charleston Sewer District. "Residents are advised to use caution and to avoid the marsh area in this location."

The North Charleston Sewer District placed an alert on its website about the overflow.

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