10/3/19 - NOTICE
PHASE 2 PROJECT SCOPE HAS BEEN SET. LETTERS WILL BE GOING OUT THE FIRST WEEK IN OCTOBER TO ALL THAT HAVE PLACED A DEPOSIT TO INFORM THEM WHETHER THEY HAVE BEEN SELECTED. FOR THOSE SELECTED, IT IS NOT A GUARANTEE, BUT IT IS A MAJOR MILESTONE. SCWSA WILL BE FINALIZING THE PROJECT DESIGN AND SUBMITTING FOR PERMITTING. ONCE THE PROJECT IS PERMITTED, SCWSA WILL ADVERTISE THE PROJECT. WE EXPECT TO HAVE THE PROJECT BID EARLY IN 2020. THANKS TO ALL THAT HAVE SUBMITTED THEIR DEPOSIT FOR WATER SERVICE WITH SCWSA! IT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED!
Some reasons to sign-up for SCWSA water
Increased property value
Fire hydrants / Fire protection
Well Water Quality / Quantity Issues
Insurance in case your well goes bad
SCWSA’s water is available during power outages
Impacts whether SCWSA’s waterline will go past your home
Lower Tap Fee if you commit now ($640 vs. $1,540)
Water service is required for Sewer Service in the future
So once you sign up, get your neighbors to sign-up also!
LAST PUBLIC MEETING WAS ON FEBRUARY 12TH AT 7 PM, AT REHOBOTH METHODIST CHURCH, 936 HOLLEY FERRY ROAD, LEESVILLE, SC 29070
What was discussed:
1. SCWSA's WTP was placed into operation on Friday, February 8th at 2 PM.
2. Surveying is set to begin for the Phase 2 Waterline Project. The surveyors will begin on the upper part of the Holley Ferry Peninsula and will work south. SCWSA is looking into providing the surveyor's door hangers for homes near to where they are surveying.
3. SCWSA has placed a billboard by the Circle Diner at the Traffic Circle. SCWSA has also added more content to its website to keep prospective customers of the project informed. SCWSA has also attempted to reach by mail all property owners in the Project Scope.
4. SCWSA has more work to get the needed sign-ups. SCWSA needs for those that have signed up to reach out to their neighbors and confirm or encourage them to sign up.
5. The next Phase 2 - Sign up meeting will be on March 4th at 7 PM at the Circle Fire Department
6. The deadline to sign up has been extended to March 15th.
7. The reduced rate is $590 until March 15th. After that date, the fee increases to $640 until September 1. SCWSA typical rate is $1,540. Both are significantly discounted compared to neighboring utilities. For instance, Gilbert-Summit Rural and Lexington County Joint Water and Sewer Commission charge approximately $2,800. Others in the Midlands charge $5000. Please keep this in mind. SCWSA's board has kept it's water tap fees low, but may need to review that charge in the near future.
8. The good news, there will be a Phase 2 project. Given the number of participants that have already paid the $590 and completed the contract and other paperwork. However, not have the number of sign-ups, 300, by January 15th has had an impact on the timeline on when the project will be ready to go to construction.
9. SCWSA will be presenting at the Lake Murray Association's next Public Meeting on February 28th at 7 PM. The meeting will be held at the Ruritan Club across from Hollywood Elementary. The presentation will be about its proposed Wastewater Treatment Plant. If you live in the Phase 2 project area and want sewer service, this Wastewater Treatment Plant project is critical in making sewer service in Eastern Saluda County possible. SCWSA needs your support. We need your voice to be heard. For more information go to www.lakemurrayassociation.com.
10. SCWSA General Manager, Jason Fell will give a status update for the project. In addition, he will discuss the typical makeup of well water in the Holley Ferry Community. If anyone from the Holley Ferry community is interested in participating, SCWSA will take a water sample from their existing well water and perform an analysis.
On September 27, 2018, SCWSA received funding from USDA-RD for $15.2 Million to extend waterlines throughout the eastern part of Saluda County. SCWSA held public meetings in October to encourage property owners to take advantage of this fantastic and rare opportunity. In order to move to construction, SCWSA is required to obtain 300 customers sign-ups. SCWSA offered a reduced sign-up rate, typically $1540, down to $590. While we have had lots of interest, sign-ups are underwhelming. Currently, we have about 100 sign-ups. SCWSA has extended the reduced rate period to March 15, 2019. After March 15, the rate will increase to $640 until September 1. As we discussed at our public meeting in October, it is up to those that came to the meetings to get the word out to their neighbors. SCWSA will be holding another public meeting on March 4, 2019, at the Circle Fire Department on the Traffic Circle at 7 PM. Please attend! SCWSA's construction schedule is now delayed due to a lack of participation. SCWSA is faced with either continuing to delay the project or returning federal funding and scaling back the project. It is SCWSA's intention to provide everyone with an opportunity to receive water.