Official inauguration of the new LCWSC wastewater treatment plant scheduled for August | New

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Rural Water and Sewer Commission officials are preparing for the August grand opening of their water treatment plant – one of the largest infrastructure projects ever in the county’s history. de Laurens – and express their thanks for having started it 10 years ago, and not now.

Global supply chain issues, compounded by two years of the Covid pandemic, have driven up the cost of everything, including steel, and the new water source would be virtually unaffordable in today’s market. The Laurens County Water and Sewer Commission Board of Directors oversaw the projects at its Tuesday meeting, as it has done at many meetings over the past few years. The water plant is fully operational, under a provisional SC DHEC permit.

Full clearance only requires a few additional document approvals to be processed, the board was told. Along with the Greenwood Lake Raw Water Intake and Water Treatment Plant on Highway 221, the distribution includes a massive set of new waterlines across southern Laurens County and a new reservoir at Milam Road and Highway 72, between Clinton and Greenwood.

The commission is also building a new reservoir at Hickory Tavern, funded by the Capital Projects Sales Tax – rising steel prices have already impacted the projected cost of this project, the board was told. LCWSC also has a Metric Road water supply project, an ISO Parkway project in Gray Court and a sewage plant upgrade (east of Joanna) on its ‘to do’ list. ” short term. The commission was also approved for Laurens County ARPA infrastructure money for other projects in its overall plan.

Last month, the LCWSC billed 15,888 customers for water – 600 more than the same time last year. “I remember when we had 6,500 taps,” general manager Jeff Field said.

LCWSC installed 462 new water taps this fiscal year – 33 in April alone – including 180 from existing water lines. Subdivisions in northern Laurens County are driving up those numbers, Field said, and there will be more construction over the summer.

Now the entire LCWSC system is supplied with water from Greenwood Lake, except for the northern area supplied with water purchased from the Greenville Water System and a very small amount of Clinton going to the State Historic Site of Musgrove Mill, Field said.

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