3 Florence 1 schools canceled today due to water problems, district says water to be restored today

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FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) – Due to water problems, there will be no school today at South Florence High, Southside Middle and the Florence Career Center.

Florence 1 Schools said in a tweet that water will restored on Wednesday. 

“The road-widening project and new waterline installation on Alligator/Howe Springs, caused trash to get in the new line resulting in failure to main valve that controls water at Southside, Career Ctr & S. Florence. A new valve will be installed & water will be restored today.”

News13 reported on Tuesday about water issues at South Florence High. Superintendent Dr. Richard O’Malley said he’s aware of the water issues being reported at South Florence High School, but he can’t do anything because of the construction nearby.

According to Florence Utilities Director Michael Hemingway, the schools had been experiencing low water pressure related to a construction project on Alligator Road.

Hemingway said when school was released on Tuesday, water meters and backflow units would be changed. 

On April 17, the City of Florence said in a press release that water lines along Alligator Road would be replaced during work related to the Florence County Project Sales Tax II Alligator Road highway-widening project.

“The utility relocation contractor performing this work intends to relocate the water line along Alligator Road from Hwy. 52/S. Irby Street to South Point Road,” the release said. The work was scheduled to begin on April 18 and end Tuesday.

The City of Florence said in the release that during this work, customers would experience water outages “that may last up to a day for each phase of work.”

DHEC issued a boil water advisory for impacted residents.

Samples of the water reportedly show the water is currently usable and drinkable, Hemingway also said.

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