A swimming advisory for Battery Creek was lifted Friday after water-quality tests came back clean, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced.
DHEC issued the advisory Monday after the Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority reported more than 5,000 gallons of sewage leaked into the marshes near Shell Point over an undetermined amount of time.
Tests performed by DHEC indicate there were no adverse environmental or public-health problems in the affected area, which included all of Battery Creek and its tributaries from U.S. 21 in Beaufort to the Russell Bell Bridge near the entrance to Parris Island.
The leak was discovered Monday and temporarily repaired that afternoon by BJWSA, according to authority spokesman Matthew Brady. The leak came from a sewer line that extends across the marsh on a small pier by Dowlingwood Drive, Brady said.
A contractor has been hired to install an epoxy liner to permanently repair the pipe, Brady said. That project is expected to be completed by Sept. 8.
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