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The Edgefield County Water & Sewer Authority is a body corporate and politic and a Special Purpose District of the state of South Carolina which was created pursuant to the provisions of Act 571 and Joint Resolutions of South Carolina General Assembly, Regular Session of 1967 as amended by Act No. 1192 of the Acts and Joint Resolutions of the South Carolina General Assembly, regular sessions of 1970 (together, the “Act) whereby the Authority is given the function to acquire, construct and operate a waterworks and sewer system within its service area which consists of all of Edgefield County and a small area in the southwestern corner of Aiken County bordered on the eastern right-of-way of U.S. Highway 25 and on the south by the southern right-of-way of Interstate 20. Under various agreements, Edgefield County Water & Sewer Authority has allowed other water providers to serve certain small areas within its service area. Similar agreements are in place that allow Edgefield County Water & Sewer Authority to serve customers located outside the borders of its assigned service area.
The Authority’s only raw water source is the Savannah River. The raw water intake is located approximately one mile south of the Water Treatment Plant on Delaughter Drive in North Augusta, S.C. The intake is on the eastern side of the river, just downstream of the Steven’s Creek Dam and upstream of the Augusta City Lock and Dam. Currently the Edgefield County Water & Sewer Authority is permitted a withdrawal of 11.0 MGD by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. An Inter-Basin Transfer permit issued by DHEC’s Bureau of Water states that Edgefield County Water & Sewer Authority is authorized to withdraw a maximum of 11.0 MGD from the Upper Savannah River basin for use and transfer to the Lower Savannah River basin and the Edisto River basin. The Inter-Basin transfer permit is valid through July 1, 2025. Currently all of the water withdrawn from the Savannah River by the Authority ultimately remains in the Savannah River basin, with the exception of wastewater that is treated at the Authority’s Johnston Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The Authority’s Water Treatment Plant was originally built in 1974 with a 4.4 MGD permit capacity and was upgraded in 2010 to an 8.85 MGD permit capacity.
The State Primary Drinking Water Regulations set standards for the operation and maintenance of public water systems. As part of these standards, public water systems are required to plan for the expansion of the water plant and prepare a preliminary engineering report for submittal to SCDHEC when peak monthly demand exceed 80% of the water plant’s reliable capacity. When peak monthly demand exceeds 90% of the water plant’s reliable capacity, public water systems are required to submit plans and specifications for the expansion of the water plant along with an application for a permit to construct to the SCDHEC. Over the last several years the Authority and its consulting engineers have reviewed population trends, and water usage projections have been developed through the year 2015.
Pursuant to the Act, a seven (7) member Board of Directors governs the Authority. Each Board Member serves a term of six (6) years. Members are appointed by the Governor.
The Authority is managed by the Administrator who in turn is responsible to the Board of Directors. The Authority currently has forty three (43) full time employees.
Edgefield County Water & Sewer Authority receives no direct funds from taxes. The Authority's operations are funded entirely by water and sewer revenues.