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Your First Choice for Scratch and Dent Appliances in James Island

In a day and age where big box stores sell overpriced appliances to hardworking men and women, droves of Americans are flocking to scratch and dent retailers. At Preferred Appliance Sales and Repair, we understand that money doesn’t grow on trees. That’s why we offer our customers the largest selection of overstock and scratch and dent appliances in South Carolina.

Finding a reputable, clean discount appliance store can be challenging. Unfortunately, companies in our industry get a bad rap. Sometimes, they earn it with dingy, poorly-lit stores, empty shelves, and mediocre customer service. At Preferred Appliance Sales and Repair, we are proud to give our customers the “big box” structure of major chains mixed with personable service and affordable pricing of a discount appliance business. Our store is clean, our shelves are stocked, and our staff is ready and waiting to exceed your expectations.

The surge in popularity of scratch and dent appliances might be new, but we are far from a “fly by night” appliance store. As a locally owned and operated appliance store, we have worked very hard to build trust with our customers. We have years of experience selling quality scratch and dent appliances in South Carolina, from washers and dryers to outdoor grills and everything in between. Whether you know the exact brand and appliance you’re looking for or need the assistance of a friendly sales associate, we are here to make your shopping experience seamless and enjoyable!

Customers love Preferred Appliance Sales and Repair because:

  • All of our scratch and dent or overstock appliances are in great condition, giving you years of reliable use
  • We only sell the best name brand scratch and dent appliances
  • We offer a one-year warranty on many products
  • We have the most competitive prices in South Carolina
  • Our customers always come first!

When you visit our showroom, you will see a large selection of the following products:

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Scratch and Dent Appliances

Ask yourself this: Why should you pay top-dollar prices for brand new “in the box” appliances when you can have them out of the box with the same warranty for a significant amount less? When you begin to think about buying scratch and dent appliances in James Island, it begins to make all the sense in the world.

Don’t let the term “scratch and dent” scare you – all of our appliances are high-quality, name-brand products that are in great condition. You won’t ever have to worry about an inoperable oven or a faulty dryer when you shop at Preferred Appliance Sales and Repair. Our appliances are all unused and shipped to use straight off the assembly line. That’s right – you’re paying bottom-of-the-barrel prices for brand new products that your family and friends will love.

You might be asking yourself, “What’s the catch?” It might sound too good to be true, but there isn’t any catch. Our scratch and dent appliances are sold at deep discounts because a minor cosmetic issue developed somewhere along the line. A few common reasons why appliances are labeled as scratch and dent include:

  • The product’s external packaging was slightly damaged
  • The product has a small scratch that is barely visible
  • The product has a slight dent that is hard to see
  • The product has a tiny “ding” from being moved around in the warehouse
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Unlike some of our competitors, our skilled technicians perform rigorous multi-point examinations on all our appliances. That way, you can rest easy knowing that your out-of-the-box appliance is ready for regular use as soon as it arrives at your home. With a one-year warranty on most scratch and dent items, our customers leave our showroom with a smile on their face knowing their purchase is protected.

And that, in a nutshell, is the Preferred Appliance Sales and Repairs difference: quality appliances, helpful customer service, and real warranties that you can feel good about.

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Scratch and Dent Appliances – Are They Right for You?

Here’s the truth: Nobody wants an old, beat-up appliance with huge dents and scratches. Fortunately, we’re not talking about a banged-up dishwasher that barely works. Scratch and dent appliances are just like brand new, except they have a small nick that’s barely noticeable. The question is, are you OK with a small dent if it means you could save 25% off your purchase? What about 50% off? If you were to do a Google search on a name-brand appliance and compare its price to the same item in our showroom, you would see just how cost-effective scratch and dent shopping can be.

The majority of our customers are savvy shoppers who don’t mind tiny imperfections if it means that they will get a great deal. In many cases, these imperfections are paint-based, which are easily fixed with a little elbow grease. If you’re in the market for a fully functional, nearly-new appliance and don’t mind a small blemish, buying scratch and dent appliances is a great choice that won’t break your bank.

Scratch and Dent Quick Facts

  • Scratch and dent doesn’t mean “damaged.” You could save as much as 50% or more off brand new appliances with minor scrapes or dents.
  • We have a huge selection of scratch and dent appliances for sale, including washing machines, dryers, refrigerators, stoves, and much more.
  • Preferred Appliance Sales and Repair offers customers all major name brands in our industry, including Samsung, LG, Whirlpool, Kenmore, Speed Queen, Maytag, Bosch, Frigidaire, and more.
  • Each of our scratch and dent appliances is examined before you buy to ensure they work properly.
  • We offer customers a one-year warranty on most scratch and dent appliances in James Island, so you can shop with confidence.
  • There is no credit needed to make a purchase at Preferred Appliance Sales and Repair. In fact, we offer up to $5,000 in approvals and can make arrangements for 90-day payment options.
  • We offer appliance delivery and repair options. We only charge $99 for in-home service calls!
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How to Get the Most Out of Your Scratch and Dent Appliances

Appliances can be a big investment, even if you’re buying them at significant discounts. Of course, you want to keep your appliances in
good shape, so they continue working properly for years. Once you buy one of our scratch and dent appliances, keep in mind these tips
to keep your new merchandise in great working order:

Clean Inside and Out

All appliances need to be cleaned, even washing machines. As an example, cleaning the coils of your new scratch and dent refrigerator will keep it running efficiently.

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Only Use Appliances as They Were Intended

If your kids love to play near your appliances, be sure they aren’t standing or sitting on them. If you’re using a scratch and dent dishwasher or clothes dryer, don’t overload them. If your appliance requires specific products, like a high-efficiency laundry detergent, only use the recommended products.

Change filters

You probably know that clothes drying machines have filters that must be changed. However, other appliances like dishwashers and ice makers can also have filters. Read your appliance’s manual to see if your product has a filter, and if so, how often it needs to be changed.

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Overstock Appliances in James Island

Much like our scratch and dent merchandise, overstock appliances have become incredibly popular in recent times. While many savvy shoppers already know about the deals associated with overstock items, others hear “overstock appliances” and immediately think something is wrong. Nothing could be further from the truth!

There’s a simple explanation for overstock appliances in South Carolina, and it’s right in the name. Overstock items are products that manufacturers have made too many of or have a surplus of stock that needs to be sold. This is great news for shoppers who can get new, brand-name appliances at a fraction of their original cost.

There are many reasons why a manufacturer might need to sell their merchandise as overstock:

  • A retail store closes its doors, and its appliances and other stock must be liquidated
  • A retail store has an item that doesn’t sell as well as they had hoped
  • The manufacturer or their partners overestimated the amount of stock that they needed

While overstock items are perfectly normal, some customers think they aren’t worth purchasing because of a perceived “expiration date.” The fact is, overstock and surplus appliances are common in every industry because inventory management isn’t an easy job. Sometimes people make errors, but those mistakes can turn into amazing opportunities for high-quality appliances at great prices.

Overstock Appliances Explained

Retailers have to deal with surplus merchandise all the time because older stock must be removed to make room for newer appliances. When a retailer has a surplus of a particular appliance, they will typically reach out to the manufacturer to see if they can return their overstocked appliances. Because these manufacturers charge retailers to restock these surplus items, many retailers choose instead to off-load their stock at a discounted price, and that’s where Preferred Appliance Sales and Repair steps in.

The bottom line? Overstock appliances in James Island are common, brand new, and waiting for you to check out at our showroom. We carry all the major appliance brand names, like Whirlpool, LG, Bosch, Maytag, Kenmore, and even Samsung. Unlike our scratch and dent products, you aren’t going to find any minor dings or scratches on our overstock appliances. It sounds too good to be true, but it isn’t – when manufacturers make too much, you’re in luck.

At Preferred Appliance Sales and Repair, we have a vast selection of overstock appliances for you to choose from, including:

  • Microwaves
  • Washers
  • Dryers
  • Refrigerators
  • Stoves
  • TVs
  • Dishwashers
  • Much More!
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Help Save the Environment

Buy Scratch And Dent Appliances, Help Save The Environment

Buying overstock or scratch and dent appliances in South Carolina is not just a way to get a great deal on a name-brand product – it’s also a great way to help protect our environment. As you might have guessed, unused scratch and dent merchandise usually end up in a landfill to sit and rot. When these appliances are brought to landfills, they release toxic greenhouse gases and harmful substances as their chemical and metal composition deteriorate.

When you buy a scratch and dent appliance from Preferred Appliance Sales and Repair, know that you are doing your part to help protect our environment. When you break it down, buying products and appliances that would otherwise go to a landfill is a win-win. You’re getting an incredible discount on a high-quality appliance and you’re diminishing the harmful greenhouse gases that harm our precious environment.

The Premier Provider of Overstock and Scratch and Dent Appliances in James Island

If you’re still on the fence about giving scratch and dent products a chance, we encourage you to visit our discount appliance store in James Island. We have a full selection of appliances for you to see, like refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers, and microwaves. If you’re looking for it, chances are we have it in stock!

If you have questions or need assistance choosing the right appliance for your home and budget, we’re here to help however possible. Whether you need a detailed rundown of how an appliance works or would like to hear more information about our easy financing options, our team will take the time to answer your questions.

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Why I returned to Charleston, SC

These are contributor-submitted pieces. Want to join the conversation? We invite you to write for us. Learn how to share your voice here.Back in November, we asked readers who had left the city why they returned to Charleston. We love these stories of locals at heart who knew they wanted to ...

These are contributor-submitted pieces. Want to join the conversation? We invite you to write for us. Learn how to share your voice here.

Back in November, we asked readers who had left the city why they returned to Charleston. We love these stories of locals at heart who knew they wanted to make their way back to the Holy City. We’re lucky to live here, and happy to welcome them home. “I was born in Charleston and lived here until I was 22. In order for my husband to complete his studies at Emory graduate school, we moved to Atlanta, Georgia. After fifty years, I moved back to Charleston because it will be my home always. The smell of marsh gas, the mosquitos, the humidity and anything else that tried to keep me away failed to do so.” —Reader Teresa R. I left due to a divorce and had 2 small children and returned to my home state so family could help with child care. I really did not want to leave and knew that I would return. Reason, quality of life! You can have culture and the beach in a very unique setting! I fell in love with Charleston, it is my happy place! So happy to be back!” —Reader Linda N.

“I moved here after college to live with CofC grads. I was here for 2 years and left to get a tech job closer to family. After two years, and the ability to work remotely — I couldn’t pass up the weather and the ease of travel to get back home. The weather in the north is brutal. Also, the cost of living compared to Boston was a big pull!” —Reader Shane W.Retired in Charleston 1985. Went to Atlanta for new challenges. Retired again, and one more time! Moved back to Charleston in 2019. My 15 family members live here! Love them!” —Reader Ken B. “Growing up a military brat, my dad retired in Myrtle Beach where I graduated Socastee HS, graduated Horry G-Town Tech College and… joined the Coast Guard! Ironically I was assigned to Charleston, SC, in January 1990 in the aftermath of Charleston’s infamous visitor, Hurricane Hugo. I was here in CHS from 1900 to 1993 and I enjoyed it very much. (I lived in West Ashley, N. Charleston & Mt Pleasant.)

Nearly 33 years later, having been to 53 countries, lived in NC, CA, HI, USVI, TX, VA… temporarily staying in many more cities/states, Charleston is where I decided to return to and retire in 2012. Now, I’m not going to lie… it was #3 on my list: first was Maui (became very difficult logistically), next was San Diego (became way too unfriendly on a retirement income […] so here I am.

I loved almost everything about Charleston (particularly James Island). Minus the bugs and humidity it’s a first class city to live in. Now I am quite literally sick over the number of apartments and condos being built in the Charleston Metro area and could not even imagine what has become of Summerville and John’s Island. But here my wife and I will stay, come what may. All in all I still love living here, despite the growth which this city’s infrastructure will not be able to sustain.

We enjoy the delicious food, history, culture, weather, cost of living, arts, festivals, city sports teams ie; Rays, Riverdogs, Battery and proximity to the coast. City/state taxes are not excessive and costs for government services are fair. It’s a relatively clean and safe city compared to others similar in size and population. So thanks for asking… interesting to see how the city will grow in the future.” —Readers Scott + Kim M.

10 Reasons To Visit Charleston, South Carolina This Winter

Charleston isn’t the first place people think of as a winter getaway, but it can be a perfect destination for those seeking to escape the big chill of the Northeast or Midwest.Compared to more popular warm-weather favorites—like Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Phoenix, or Scottsdale—hotel accommodations and restaurant reservations are easier to come by in Charleston, and short-term winter rentals are plentiful at more favorable rates.Admittedly, you aren’t likely to find beach weather in Charleston during Januar...

Charleston isn’t the first place people think of as a winter getaway, but it can be a perfect destination for those seeking to escape the big chill of the Northeast or Midwest.

Compared to more popular warm-weather favorites—like Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Phoenix, or Scottsdale—hotel accommodations and restaurant reservations are easier to come by in Charleston, and short-term winter rentals are plentiful at more favorable rates.

Admittedly, you aren’t likely to find beach weather in Charleston during January, February, and March. Still, temperatures hovering around 50-60? make it comfortable enough to spend time outdoors without bundling up in warm winter jackets and gloves. In late December or early January, the slight chance of passing snow flurries might even add a bit of pixie dust to the beauty of the city.

Most attractions and historic sites are open year-round, complemented by unique seasonal festivals and events that woo winter tourists.

A Sampler of Things to Do in Charleston This Winter

Where to stay in Charleston

The city offers a range of accommodations from classic to contemporary at various price points. Many are described on the Explore Charleston website, but here are a few worth checking out:

Emeline, located in Charleston’s historic district, is a captivating perch from which to explore the Holy City. The boutique hotel has 212 all-king bed guest rooms, including 128 luxury suites. In addition, the hotel is home to Frannie & The Fox (a wood-fired eatery with Italian sensibilities), Clerks Coffee Company (a more informal cafe and eatery with a hint of nostalgia), and Keep Shop (an exceptionally well-curated gift shop).

Charleston Place, A Belmond Hotel is another luxury hotel located in the heart of downtown Charleston. The Club Level accommodations, a two-floor collection of renovated rooms and suites, offer private elevator access and check-in. Custom wallpaper in the elevator lobby depicts a circa-1820s map of Charleston, an homage to the city’s history. A concierge can help guests coordinate private tours of nearby plantations and gardens.

The Spectator Hotel on State Street offers an Art Deco-inspired interior reminiscent of the glamor of the 1920s. The boutique hotel is the only one in Charleston with personal butler service, available 24/7, who can coordinate anything from delivering freshly baked gingerbread cookies to setting up in-room eggnogs. Be sure to stop at the Prohibition-era-themed cocktail lounge, The Bar.

Sweetgrass Inn at Wild Dunes Resort is the property’s new 153-room hotel. Award-winning amenities available at the resort year-round include championship golf, nationally ranked tennis, an expansive private beach, a 10,000 square-foot luxury spa, and a 2,750 square foot fitness center.

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort offers 255 guest rooms, many with magnificent ocean views. Especially appreciated by golf lovers, the resort is located on a barrier island about twenty miles from downtown. The gracious 255-room hotel is South Carolina’s only Forbes Travel Guide Five Star hotel.

Sweetgrass Properties is a boutique vacation rental company on Kiawah Island offering a searchable database of luxury rental properties on Seabrook Island, Wild Dunes, and Isle of Palms.

IF YOU GO

Explore Charleston, the convention and visitors bureau website, is an excellent resource for visitors.

The Charleston Heritage Foundation’s Essential Charleston Passport is available for purchase online. It offers guests a digital ticket that includes admission to five remarkable historic houses, the Charleston Museum and the Gibbes Museum of Art.

Direct flights to Charleston are available from Chicago, Dallas, Miami, New Orleans, Boston, New York City, Denver, and several other major cities.

Letters: Johns Island development is leading to dangerous potholes, accidents

An article in the Dec. 5 Post and Courier noted that a developer wants to build a multifamily development on 47 acres on Maybank Highway.This is extremely disturbing to the residents of Johns Island.Due to the rapid, out-of-control development of the island, residents are experiencing a very negative effect on our quality of life and our safety.Our roads are in terrible condition due to the excessive traffic, including heavy dump trucks for which the roads clearly weren’t designedThis has led to numerous dan...

An article in the Dec. 5 Post and Courier noted that a developer wants to build a multifamily development on 47 acres on Maybank Highway.

This is extremely disturbing to the residents of Johns Island.

Due to the rapid, out-of-control development of the island, residents are experiencing a very negative effect on our quality of life and our safety.

Our roads are in terrible condition due to the excessive traffic, including heavy dump trucks for which the roads clearly weren’t designed

This has led to numerous dangerous potholes and vehicle accidents.

There were 69 car fatalities in Charleston County in 2020, a number of which were on Johns Island.

A recent study conducted by Insurify Insights found that Johns Island has the most accident-prone drivers in the United States.

Due to the heavy traffic, it is difficult for emergency vehicles to get to their destination in a safe, timely manner.

Flooding has increased as trees are clear-cut from property and are replaced with asphalt, multiple apartment complexes and homes.

The last thing we need is 47 more acres of tree-filled land to be turned into more multifamily development.

A recent letter to the editor pointed out that the residents of Johns Island have been pleading to the city of Charleston and Charleston County to stop approving more development until we can get the infrastructure in place to support the existing residents.

Our pleas fall on deaf ears.

JEANNE WILLIAMS

Johns Island

Two letters published in the Dec. 12 Post and Courier expressed concerns about two unrelated subjects.

A Wadmalaw Island resident wrote about the relentless development of what was once pristine rural land around the tri-county area. I sympathized because the same song is being sung seemingly everywhere in the Lowcountry.

The second letter talked about the teacher shortage and how it is negatively affecting our quality of life.

That letter listed a number of suggestions to help alleviate the shortage. Several items involved needing more support and awareness from local and state politicians.

I rarely see any explanation or rebuttal to these letters from any of our legislators or council members. I would love to see them explain to the public in writing how they think relentless development is making our lives better.

And please don’t keep saying it’s for a bigger tax base.

Our teachers need increased support. They are an investment in our future and we should start taking note of that.

I encourage council members and legislators to respond to these issues.

Their collective silence to issues voiced by the public makes it seem like they don’t hear our complaints and concerns.

EDDIE COLLINS

Mount Pleasant

It seems that every time Charleston experiences a flood event, many point to climate change.

Land subsidence, another important component to sea level change, is rarely mentioned. Subsidence is largely a natural process, but it has a significant human component.

As development in the Lowcountry has exploded and demand on groundwater has increased, aquifers are not recharging fast enough to prevent land above from sinking.

Another problem is the loss of wetlands that result in more runoff, intensifying soil erosion.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, sea level at Charleston Harbor has increased about 13 inches over the past century. But according to the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, the land around Charleston has sunk about 5 inches over the same period. As development increases, so does the sinking.

We could spend billions of dollars to fight climate change, but for Charleston, it won’t solve the problem.

JOSEPH LEONARD

Charleston

About two months ago, I sent letters of complaint to the headquarters of a large health care organization with a Lowcountry presence.

The letters were addressed to a corporate officer and at least one to the local CEO.

The letters contained documented violations of health care regulations and a potential breach of patient health care information security.

One of the things specifically asked for was an audit of my health care record looking for unauthorized access.

I waited for a reply, an acknowledgement or some action. Nothing.

In the past, such complaints were met with at least a form letter in response and in most cases, some positive action.

Apparently not here, not now in today’s business world.

It seems as if the corporation isn’t interested in what consumers have to say.

I’m a bit frustrated but I won’t be going away anytime soon. I gave the organization a chance to self-correct; perhaps when the complaints start coming from its regulators it might start listening.

I find it ironic that this particular organization talks about being responsive and responsible in its literature. Perhaps the leaders should reacquaint themselves with their own code of ethics.

TIMOTHY C. KIEL

Mount Pleasant

Ramen rolls into Park Circle restaurant with help from Charleston-area chefs

Ramen’s well-documented rise took hold in Charleston last winter, when chefs turned to comfort food in the face of the ongoing pandemic. This led many, including a ...

Ramen’s well-documented rise took hold in Charleston last winter, when chefs turned to comfort food in the face of the ongoing pandemic. This led many, including a Rutledge Avenue restaurant and the owners of a Johns Island hot chicken joint, to serve their take on the popular broth-based noodle soup.

While these two temporary ramen outposts will not return in 2022, another is set to commence in Park Circle Jan. 5.

Every Wednesday in January, a star-studded cast of guest chefs will roll into Jackrabbit Filly for the Park Circle restaurant’s annual Ramen with Friends series. The event benefiting the Lowcountry Food Bank is in its fifth or sixth year; Jackrabbit Filly owners Shuai and Corrie Wang can’t quite remember when it debuted.

One January, the Wangs brought their Short Grain pop-up and food truck to The Daily, where they invited guest chefs to serve a ramen of their choosing. In its third year, Short Grain traveled to different restaurants for ramen-themed kitchen takeovers, and the Wangs have hosted the event at Jackrabbit Filly in the two years since its 2019 opening.

“Originally, it was just an idea to help us get through the slow, cold month of January,” Corrie Wang said. “We kind of keep it so we really know the people we invite. It really is ramen with our friends. It’s a really intense way to start a new year, but we always have a blast.”

Last year, Julian Lippe, Bob Cook, James London and Jeremiah Bacon stopped by 4628 Spruill Ave., and this January will bring a new group of chefs … and sommeliers.

On Jan. 5, Graft Wine Shop owners Femi Oyediran and Miles White will kick off Ramen with Friends. The Ordinary executive chef Tori Schumacher, Jacques Larson (Wild Olive and Obstinate Daughter) and Vivian Howard (Lenoir) round out the month on Jan. 12, 19 and 26. Each chef’s ramen will be served with a limited Jackrabbit Filly menu.

“It’s always been one of the great parts of the job,” said Schumacher, describing chef collaborations. “The creative energy really starts to flow.”

Larson, who says he visits Jackrabbit Filly at least once a month, is planning to bring a duck ramen with house-made noodles on Jan. 19. Former Two Boroughs Larder chef Josh Keeler, who helped local pasta producer Rio Bertolini’s develop its alkaline noodles, is currently working in the kitchen at the Obstinate Daughter, so Larson will have some help preparing for the event.

“Nine times out of 10 days when I go out to eat on my days off, it’s going to be Asian food in some form,” Larson said. “I’m a huge fan of Shuai and Corrie. To be asked to do this is just a natural fit.”

Proceeds from Ramen with Friends will be donated to the Lowcountry Food Bank and Neighbors Together. In the last two years, the event has raised around $14,000, according to Corrie Wang.

Testing points to human source of James Island Creek pollution

JAMES ISLAND — For years, bacteria in a creek that cuts through the middle of this sea island had turned up at alarmingly high levels, spurring parents to warn their kids not to swim there.The testing done by Charleston Waterkeeper helped lead to new water-quality standards from the state that require action o...

JAMES ISLAND — For years, bacteria in a creek that cuts through the middle of this sea island had turned up at alarmingly high levels, spurring parents to warn their kids not to swim there.

The testing done by Charleston Waterkeeper helped lead to new water-quality standards from the state that require action on the impaired stream. Waterkeeper’s testing, conducted since 2013, consistently showed high levels of fecal bacteria.

But only recently did more specialized tests show the source of this bacteria. Waterkeeper collected the samples and the utility Charleston Water System paid $5,000 for them to be analyzed by a lab in Florida. The results showed that the fecal matter primarily had human DNA — with bird DNA from droppings the next most prevalent, and dog DNA from backyards in third place.

“This is important information to help us pinpoint sources,” Andrew Wunderley of Waterkeeper said.

The results have already been incorporated into a watershed plan to clean up the creek. According to that document, one of the most likely sources of contamination is septic tanks near the creek. There are 308 in total in two clusters near the water that have been pointed to as the most likely culprits.

Septic tanks can fail if placed in soils that don’t drain well or soil that drains too quickly, letting effluent flow faster than organisms in the soil break it down. Rising water tables can also lead to contamination by limiting the amount of soil the effluent flows through.

Now, members of a task force to clean up the creek are looking at ways to extend piped sewer service so problematic septic systems are eliminated. Most of these are expected to be in the town of James Island, which is served by James Island Public Service District, though some may be in the city of Charleston and Charleston County.

All told, replacing the problem septic tanks throughout the watershed is estimated to cost $8.2 million.

State Sen. Sandy Senn, R-Charleston, and state Rep. Spencer Wetmore, D-Folly Beach, both said they are working to find funds at the state level for the project. COVID-19 relief funds, which have been earmarked for water and sewer work, might provide some of the funding. The state’s environmental regulator also has grant programs for water-cleanup projects.

Meanwhile, the town of James Island has already set aside $1.8 million of its American Recovery Plan funds toward the effort.

“If the state money doesn’t materialize or if it materializes in a limited fashion, we will look at where the most serious problem is” and extend sewer there first, James Island Mayor Bill Woolsey said.

Woolsey said the town is making its own moves to identify problem septic systems, passing an ordinance that requires inspection every three years while working on another town-paid effort to inspect every septic tank in the creek’s watershed in the coming months.

Charleston County has also been conducting more testing of the creek since June and plans to take and analyze monthly samples until bacteria levels are under control, spokeswoman Taylor Green said.

The bacteria discharges to the creek need to be reduced by 98 percent to meet the new water-quality standard, Wunderley said.

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