Beaufort News

Beaufort County shellfish beds closed after sewer line damaged, spills waste water into Battery Creek

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control closed some shellfish harvesting beds in Beaufort County after a damaged pipeline released wastewater into an area creek on Friday.

More than 5,000 gallons of wastewater were released into Battery Creek in an area behind Beaufort Plaza because of construction damage to a pipeline, according to a news release from the Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority.

The closure to shellfish beds includes all shellfish harvesting and extends from the creek's headwaters to the Battery Creek Bridge near the Parris Island Marine Training Center's entrance, according to a separate statement released by DHEC.

Crews have worked to clean up and repair the pipeline.

Bacteriological water samples have been taken from the creek. Results of those samples will be available in 24 hours, the release said.

Signs have been posted in the area and will remain until normal sample results are obtained.

Additional advisories could be issued and the closure modified, the statement said.