Funny story in the Post and Courier today about green water coming out of stormwater drains downtown. Turns out it ain’t toxic goo.

“When people see something green in the harbor, I can see how it could cause some alarm,” said Jenny Hagan, public relations manager for the utility.

Hagan said the green substance was a non-toxic dye used to see if the sewer lines at a house at Tradd and Gibbes streets were connected to the city’s sanitary sewer system.

They were not, and probably had never been.

Oh! Well, I fell much better. Then there’s this tasty nugget at the end of the story.

“We don’t find many of those, but we do occasionally, especially in the downtown area where you have a lot of older homes,” Hagan said.

She said the water system finds perhaps a dozen homes each year that are still discharging sewage directly to the rivers. Hagan said the Tradd Street house was immediately connected to the sanitary sewer system Tuesday.

I’m sorry, but 12 is a lot to me.

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