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Phase 2 Water Improvements Update

I would like to thank everyone for their patience.  We have been receiving lots of calls from concerned future SCWSA water customers.  Getting a project of this magnitude under construction is a slow process.  For example, the SCDOT project on Highway 378 at the Double Bridges in Lexington County, took over a decade to begin construction.

The Phase 2 waterline project is a viable project.  SCWSA is in the final push to advertise the Phase 2 project for construction.  As it stands, SCWSA’s timeline to construction is:

  1. 30-45 days to advertise the construction project,
  2. 30 days to hold Bid Opening,
  3. 90 days for Contractors to provide the bonds and other required documents to sign an agreement with SCWSA. At the signing of the agreement a Notice to Proceed date will be set.
  4. From that date, the Contractors will have between 12 to 15 months to complete their contract.

This timeline is my best estimate evaluating today what remains to get this project to construction.  This timeline is not a guarantee.  What SCWSA can guarantee is that we are working diligently on this project.  The Phase 2 project once construction begins, will be performing work in several areas by different Contractors at the same time.

I would like to offer to meet with any Phase 2 future customers at SCWSA’s Water Treatment Plant between, 11 AM and Noon this Friday, January 8th.  Our Water Treatment Plant is located at 581 Shealy Road, Leeville.  While we need to be respectful of social distancing standards, I would be happy to speak with any of you that would be interested.

I have also heard from some of you that are under hardships because your existing well is getting worse.  I have heard some of you are having to buy gallon jugs of water because you cannot trust your existing well to cook with or to do laundry.  I would like to offer to fill up any empty drinking containers you bring on Friday with SCWSA water. I know it’s a small consolation, but it would give me an opportunity to speak with each of you.  Thank you again for your support of SCWSA’s mission to bring great drinking water to rural Saluda County.

Jason Fell

SCWSA General Manager