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SC water utility may sue official who criticized its quality

April 9, 2019

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A small drinking water utility in South Carolina is threatening to sue a county councilwoman for saying it sometimes provides muddy and sediment-filled water.

The State reported Monday that attorneys for Jenkinsville Water Co. are threatening to sue Fairfield County Councilwoman Bertha Goins for making “false and misleading statements.”

Goins recently told the newspaper about the water quality in a series on troubles surrounding small drinking water systems. The series found that the utility has had repeated run-ins with the state for failing to comply with safe drinking water regulations, including failing to tell customers about E coli bacteria in its water.

Goins says the lawsuit threat is meant to stop her from telling others about the utility’s substandard drinking water. County Attorney Tommy Morgan says the lawsuit is baseless.

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Information from: The State, http://www.thestate.com

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