An Illegal Sewer – Part 2

We heard a neighbor who lives in Roper Mountain Estates subdivision complain that he just cannot eliminate the bad smell in his house coming from his kitchen and especially the bathroom. He said it smells like raw meet or a dead animal. Why in the world would Greenville County connect a restaurant to a residential sewer. And this restaurant is a barbecue restaurant. It has heavy fat and strong sauce and runs all day long, unlike a home. When they can smell it inside their houses, that probably means this fat has gone into their pipes and is caked onto the pipe walls. How can these pipes be cleaned? They may have to be replaced. But then what? Will the new ones get filled again? If the drains of other people in Roper Mtn Estates don’t stink yet, it may be just a matter of time. They can thank their councilman and county for this.

Greenville County’s Design Manual for sewer easements stipulates a permanent 15 foot wide easement for the sewer and a temporary easement of 15 feet on each side of that permanent easement, for a total of 45 feet. The pipe must be center on this 45 foot wide band. This allows for access for possible future maintenance. This means that the actual sewer pipe can be no closer than 22.5 feet from someone else’s property line (after all you can’t count on tearing up your neighbor’s yard to service your sewer line). Greenville County wrote this rule and violated it (and other laws) themselves when it allowed Metro Sewer to install a sewer down the center of Luest Road (Roper Mountain Court). Furthermore, the County doesn’t even have a right of way or easement on the road.


Can Greenville County tear up a private road and install a sewer where they have no easement nor right of way and put the tie-in to the sewer right next to the road (disregarding easement distances that would have been required if such an installation had been legal)?


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