The Jenkinsville Water System company failed to inform customers drinking water was contaminated with bacteria. Other small water systems have had troubles with chemicals, nitrates and heavy metals.

Sammy Fretwell has written about the environment for more than 20 years. Among the matters he covers are climate change, wildlife issues, nuclear policy, pollution, land protection, coastal development, energy and state environmental policy. Fretwell, who grew up in Anderson County, is a University of South Carolina graduate. Reach him at 803 771 8537.