UPDATED 8/31/17 at 12:22am: Hurricane Builders has not had an opportunity to respond to this article or the attached video which are intended to highlight concerns of area residents. To be fair and honest in the reporting on the Tall Pines Subdivision Project, Hurricane Builders will be given an opportunity to respond.
Hurricane Builders' single-family home project, Tall Pines, has seen its troubles since nearly the beginning. With SCDHEC's recent approval of their proposed wastewater treatment system and approval from Calhoun County Planning Commission to move forward with construction many area residents still have deep concerns.
Two major concerns on this project are handling of rain water run-off and handling of the effluent.
Of great concern is rain water run-off and its negative impact on traffic safety on Hwy 176 (hydroplaning) and flooding that has happened on surrounding properties on previous occasions. A series of pipes, drains, and a catch basin are expected to handle the rain water run-off. Area residents have concerns that the planned system cannot handle the ground water run-off, roof water run-off, and the natural springs that pepper this and adjacent properties.
The proposed system will utilize septic tanks at each of the homes to hold the "solids." The effluent will be pumped to the back of the property to the drain field. This system will require electricity, not gravity, to pump the effluent. The home furtherest from the drain field will require the pump to operate on a 50' rise and distance of approximately 2500'.
The property is composed of about two feet of loam/sand soil on top of clay soil. Loamy and sandy soil are conducive to handling the effluent properly but the clay soil is not. Residents are very concerned that the loam/sand soil is too shallow to handle the quantity of effluent expected from the subdivision.
SCDHEC estimates that each person produces 60 gallons of wastewater per day. Other states assume much higher rates, usually around 75 to 100 gallons per day per person. SCDHEC's calculations also assume two persons per bedroom. So, it is estimated that a three bedroom home produces 360 gallons of effluent per day. Tall Pines subdivision will have 30 to 31 homes. Assuming 30 homes, the drain field will need to handle an estimated 10,800 gallons of effluent per day.
Councilman John Nelson, District 3, and area resident Henry Herlong take the time to explain some of the concerns in the following video.