Mount Pleasant Waterworks Responds to Concerns About Water Quality

July 10, 2017, 9:10 am EST | Share:

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WTAT-TV) — Is Mount Pleasant’s water safe to drink? That is the question people are asking after 11 people were diagnosed with cancer in the same area.

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“This is Ethan’s legacy to me, to protect other kids in this area. If it comes back positive for pesticides I want answers,” said Brandy Richardson, the mother of 9-year-old Ethan Richardson who passed away from a rare form of brain cancer in 2014.

Leaders with Mount Pleasant Waterworks say yes, their water is safe, and they plan to discuss and share those concerns with the public during a special community meeting today.

The meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. inside the Operations Center at 1619 Rifle Range Road in Mount Pleasant.

Officials with the utility provider held an impromptu press conference on Sunday where they answered several questions posted on social media.

Brandy Richardson found out about several other people who have been diagnosed with the rare cancer in the Mount Pleasant area, so now she is trying to figure out a cause.

She even tested her own water. “The little Amazon kit that I got said positive for pesticides in my water, and I have had a lot of people here in this area message me with the same results. Nothing else was positive but pesticides was,” Richardson said.

“We can’t say whether or not their product is good or bad, only that we will not recognize those as official sampling results,” said Clay Duffie, general manager of Mount Pleasant Waterworks in response to Richardson’s test.

Duffie says the water is tested every three years. He says their water was given an OK as recently as 2016.

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