There is a state wide DHEC regulation that prohibits you from installing a septic tank if there is a sewer line on your street: R.61-56.300.1 – “Permits for new onsite wastewater systems shall not be issued where a wastewater treatment facility is accessible for connection.”
Even further, you can’t even repair a septic tank if a sewer line is accessible: R.61-56.300.2 – “Repairs to or replacement of failing onsite wastewater systems shall not be allowed where a wastewater treatment facility is accessible for connection.”
Also, in many parts of South Carolina you can’t dig a well if there is a water line nearby.
Why does government seem to make these decisions for you? As usual, it’s all about the money. These tap fees aren’t cheap, so you are forced to purchase these services. Most of the time these monopolies are government run.
Our property rights are one of the most sacred we have. Whether you own a 100 square foot lot or 300 acres, the land should be yours, but unfortunately, it’s not.
When s. 359 gets a hearing, you’ll hear from the highly paid lobbyists that we need to protect the “investments” made to run these costly water and sewer lines. Well you know what? I’ve got an investment in our pharmacy, but I don’t expect government to prevent another drug store across the street.