Spartanburg Water makes repairs to keep the water flowing

Published 2:31 pm Wednesday, January 24, 2018

LANDRUM – Another section of the old clay pipes throughout Landrum needed repairs this week. A spokesperson for Spartanburg Water said the old clay sewer pipe at the corner of Simons St. and Hwy. 176 was broken.

Crews started working around 9 a.m. Monday morning to replace the pipe with PVC pipe. They had to use a flagger to stop traffic as backhoes dug up the asphalt and uncovered the pipes. Identifying the work as a “routine repair,” workers covered the area with temporary metal plates. They will pull the plates up next week and replace the asphalt.

Landrum City Administrator Rich Caplan said the clay pipes are least 50 years old or older. As the old pipes are beginning to break down, they are causing flooding in downtown and residential areas. The city is in conversation with Spartanburg Water about taking steps to repair and/or replace many of these old pipes.

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