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LCWSC Water Treatment Plant Project

Posted by on Sep 24, 2020 in GeneralInfo, News, Slider | Comments Off on LCWSC Water Treatment Plant Project

In 2009, LCWSC hired a consultant to perform a water resources master plan. The master plan determined that current water resources are not sustainable for future growth.

LCWSC made the decision that a water treatment plant needed to be built capable of supplying our, at the time, 14,000 taps plus future growth.

Where would the water come from?

LCWSC evaluated all existing and potential water sources in Laurens County.

Lake Rabon, which is owned and operated by LCWSC, did not have enough long term capacity to serve the potential growth projected for Laurens County.

Lake Greenwood was the only viable alternative strategically located to meet future needs for LCWSC and Laurens County. Lake Greenwood is a well managed reservoir with a reliable and robust watershed.

Given the facts, LCWSC secured a 6 acre parcel for the intake site on the lake as well as a 32 acre parcel for the treatment facility in the area.

Working with a neighbor

Getting all the necessary permits to move the project forward was a long process. Typically this process can take up to 24 months to complete.

LCWSC entered into an agreement with Greenwood County for water withdrawal from the lake. This agreement included conditions proposed by FERC.

In November 2017 LCWSC received a Surface Water Withdrawal Permit from DHEC for 40 years!



System Improvements



Many water distribution system improvements will be needed.

As planning continued, many system improvements were needed to be able to supply water to LCWSC customers. Areas were identified that need larger water lines and a site for a new elevated water tank.



Groundbreaking Ceremony

On November 14, 2019 LCWSC held a ground braking ceremony at the Raw Water Intake on Lake Greenwood. This was a momentous occasion that meant construction was about to begin.

Construction Begins

There are three main categories to the construction of something as large as a water treatment plant.
1 – The raw water intake and pump station located on Lake Greenwood
2 – The plant that will treat and transform the raw water into potable water
3 – The water distribution system of pipes needed to supply current and future demands

1 – The raw water intake construction is a massive challenge. This would require excavating tons of earth to allow for pipe and pump installation. A barge was needed to install the intake pipe out in the lake. Finally, the structure is being built on the property to house the pumps.

Time lapse video of intake construction through 8/29/20

2 – The plant construction will include 40 acres of various components that will all work in harmony to create safe, clean drinking water for many years to come. This site will include ozone for disinfecting the water, treatment to remove unwanted materials from the lake water, an administration building where the laboratory will be located, two 750,000 gallon wet wells for finished water storage, along with other parts of the treatment processes.

3 – Many system improvements are needed since the source of water will be significantly changed hydraulically. You may have noticed some of the construction sites along major roadways throughout the county over the last several months.

  • Installation of a new 16″ ductile iron pipeline on Stagecoach Rd, Hwy 76 and Raider Rd that will tie into the existing pump station located at Raider Rd
  • Installation of a new 16″ ductile iron pipeline on Hwy 221 from the plant site to new booster pump station located at the Waterloo water tank site
  • Installation of a new 16″ ductile iron and 12″ PVC pipeline on Hwy 72, Greenplain Rd and Young Rd that will be used to supply the Town of Joanna.
  • Installation of a new 500,000 gallon water tank near the intersection of Hwy 72 and Milam Rd

As of 8/18/2020 over 80% of the installation of new pipelines have been completed as shown on the map below in yellow with the red hash marks.



9/25/2020 Loan Closing

Laurens County Water & Sewer Commissioners approved resolutions to close funding with USDA. This decision to close early will save the Commission over $10 million dollars in interest over the next 40 years.

Total Project Cost for all aspects of the new water treatment plant come to a total of $54 million dollars.

$42 million dollars financed through the USDA
$5 million dollars USDA grants
$3.6 million dollars EDA and RIA grants
$3 million dollars from LCWSC funds

Boil Water Advisory *Repeal

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Lake Rabon Park Notice

Posted by on Mar 30, 2020 in GeneralInfo, News, Slider | Comments Off on Lake Rabon Park Notice

Effective Monday, June 15th, the Laurens County Water and Sewer Commission (LCWSC) will reopen all facilities at Lake Rabon Park, including reserved shelters, playground facilities, trails, restrooms, boat ramp, and the fishing pier.

LCWSC cannot assure visitors their complete safety so all visitors are using these facilities at their own risk and should follow CDC recommendations to protect themselves.

Park fixtures, like tables, trash cans and playgrounds, are not sanitized; park visitors should bring hand sanitizer or a way to clean hands if soap and water are not available.

Please observe these CDC Guidelines for visiting parks, trails, and open space:

Do not visit Lake Rabon Park if you are sick with COVID-19, were recently exposed (within 14 days) to someone with COVID-19, or just don’t feel well.

Stay 6 feet away from others (“social distancing”) and take other steps to prevent COVID-19.

Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

Bring hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol to use if soap and water are not available.

Additional Park Guidelines:

Do not assume restrooms, playgrounds, and other park facilities are maintained to a standard that would prevent potential contact with the COVID-19 virus. Restroom facilities are cleaned intermittently but are not regularly sanitized throughout the day. Use at your own risk.

Leash your pets and remove your pet’s waste.

Pack it in, pack it out: due to reduced staffing, trash pickup is limited.

Playgrounds:

Families should wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after play, use physical distancing, avoid crowded playgrounds, and observe CDC recommendations for visiting parks.

Do not visit a park or playground if you or a member of your household are not feeling well.

Picnic Shelters:

Beginning June 15, picnic shelters are available for reservation.

To make a reservation, email contact@lcwsc.com or call (864) 682-3250. Reservations are subject to availability.

04.16.20: Consistent with the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-25, effective noon on April 17, 2020, the Laurens County Water and Sewer Commission (LCWSC) will reopen the boat ramp and trailer parking lot at Lake Rabon.

ONLY THE BOAT RAMP WILL OPEN.

Also, because the COVID-19 virus is a serious health risk to the community and social distancing is still a recommendation of the CDC, fishing tournaments that result in groups greater than three (3) gathering around the boat ramp or in the parking lot are NOT allowed.

Fishing from the bank and from docks adjacent to boat ramp is NOT allowed.

All other facilities at the Park, including shelters, playground facilities, trails, restrooms, and fishing pier will remain CLOSED to the public.

It is very important that the public strictly adhere to these rules. If not, the LCWSC may be forced to close the Park once again, including the boat ramp.

Thank you.

04.01.20: As a result of the increasing health risk associated with the COVID-19 virus, the Laurens County Water and Sewer Commission is closing the Park at Lake Rabon, effective immediately and until further notice.   This decision was made in an effort to protect our employees that work at the Park and to minimize the community spread of the COVID-19 virus.  It is also consistent with the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-16, restricting public access to public waters in South Carolina for the duration of the State of Emergency.

We are sorry that this decision is inconvenient for some but taking these additional steps to minimize the impacts of COVID-19 will better protect the health and safety of our employees and the many visitors that enjoy Lake Rabon on a daily basis.

Thank you and God Bless.  You can find a copy of the Executive Order at the link below. 

https://governor.sc.gov/sites/default/files/Documents/Executive-Orders/2020-03-30%20eFILED%20Executive%20Order%20No.%202020-16%20-%20Emergency%20Access%20Restrictions%20for%20Public%20Beaches%20%26%20Waters%20Due%20to%20COVID-19%20Pandemic.pdf

03.26.20: The Lake Rabon Park will be CLOSED to the public for maintenance beginning Monday, March 30th. We will reopen on Saturday April 4th . As a reminder, the playground, shelters and restrooms remain closed until the end of May. Visitors are still allowed to use the nature trail, boat ramp and fishing pier.

The LCWSC continues to monitor the SCDHEC and CDC websites regarding the growing health risk of the COVID-19 virus. Based on the current exponential trend of positive cases in our State, the LCWSC may choose to completely close the Park at Lake Rabon in the near future.

We will notify the public via Facebook and our website if this decision is made. Thank You.

COVID-19 Update

Posted by on Mar 15, 2020 in GeneralInfo, News | Comments Off on COVID-19 Update

In an effort to protect our employees and to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Laurens County Water and Sewer Commission (LCWSC) is closing its office to the public effective immediately.  During this time, you can continue to pay your bill online, by phone, by mail or at our drive thru.  For all other customer service needs, including signing up for service please call our office at (864) 682-3250 or email us at contact@lcwsc.com.  We understand that this decision may create an inconvenience for some, but we ask for your patience and understanding during this time. 

We do not expect these proactive steps or the COVID-19 to have an impact on our ability to provide water and sewer service to our customers.  As stated in our previous post, the disinfection and filtration process used in treating drinking water destroys and removes all viruses as required by the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Environmental Protection Agency; therefore, your public water supply continues to be a very safe and reliable source of drinking water.  We continue to actively monitor this situation and will update our customers of any future notices via social media and our website.

Welcome Town of Gray Court Customers

Posted by on Dec 13, 2019 in GeneralInfo, News | Comments Off on Welcome Town of Gray Court Customers

Welcome to LCWSC!  Beginning January 1, 2020 LCWSC will manage the water system and billing for the Town of Gray Court.  After this date, you will begin receiving a bill from LCWSC for your water service and garbage service.

Business Information

  • LCWSC Office is located at 3850 Hwy 221 South, Laurens SC 29360
  • Mailing Address:  LCWSC, PO Box 1006, Laurens SC 29360
  • Office Hours:  Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
  • Phone:  864-682-3250
  • Website:  www.LCWSC.com

Once you receive your first bill from LCWSC, you will be assigned a new account number.  LCWSC offers many ways to pay your bill and you can choose what is convenient to you. 

  • Pay your bill online at www.LCWSC.com – to sign in, you will need your new account number, the phone number that was on file with the Town of Gray Court.  Once you complete the online form with this information, you will receive and email verification.  You must click the link in the email to verify you account, then you will be able to log in to view or pay your bill.
  • Pay your bill by phone – dial toll free 855-964-6743, you will need your new 7-digit account number.  Just use all digits of the account number without the dash.  This service will talk you through paying your bill, but please do not attempt to use on speakerphone. 
  • Pay your bill by bank draft – This service available with signed permission by the customer.  The monthly bill can be withdrawn from a customer’s checking account on the due date of the bill.  To utilize this service LCWSC would require a voided copy of the check and a signed bank draft form.  This form is available on our website under Customer Service, Bank Draft Forms.
  • Pay your bill by recurring credit or debit card – By choosing this service, the monthly bill can be charged to the credit or debit card automatically on the due date of the bill.  You can sign up for this service online or call a representative to sign up. 
  • Pay your bill by mail – You can mail a check or money order to the LCWSC mailing address.
  • Pay your bill in person at the LCWSC office – We can accept many forms of payment, including: cash, check, Money Order, Visa, Mastercard or Discover.  We do not accept American Express.
  • Pay your bill in person at the Town of Gray Court – You may pay by cash or check only at the Town Hall Office.  Subject to availability, please contact Gray Court Town Hall for hours of operation.
  • Night Drop Box – We have a drop box located at the drive thru at the LCWSC office and outside the Town of Gray Court office.  Customers are discouraged from leaving cash in the night drop box, as LCWSC will not be responsible if the cash is lost or stolen.

Late Payments – A 10% penalty is added to the bill on the 16th day after the statement date. Water service will be turned off and locked without further notice if the bill is not paid within 25 days of the statement date.

Service Reconnection – If LCWSC turns off service for non-payment, the customer must pay the outstanding bill plus a $45.00 delinquent fee before services will be restored. Services are restored only during normal business hours of 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Payments must be made with cash, credit card or money order. Customers are discouraged from leaving cash in the night deposit box.  LCWSC will not be responsible if the cash is lost or stolen.

Rental Property Owners – Rental property owners and managers should contact LCWSC when a customer moves into or out of the rental property.  This will allow LCWSC to keep its records current and insure that bills are sent to the appropriate person.  If you own a rental property, please contact LCWSC to ensure the ownership records are correct.

Billing Schedule for 2020 – LCWSC billing schedules are predetermined based on geographic service area and cannot be changed to accommodate individual requests.  Please use this as a guide to the schedule for billing your area.  Dates could be subject to change without notice. 

Month Bill Date Due Date
January 1/9/2020 1/24/2020
Feb 2/6/2020 2/21/2020
March 3/5/2020 3/20/2020
April 4/9/2020 4/24/2020
May 5/7/2020 5/22/2020
June 6/4/2020 6/19/2020
July 7/9/2020 7/24/2020
August 8/6/2020 8/21/2020
Sept 9/10/2020 9/25/2020
Oct 10/8/2020 10/23/2020
Nov 11/5/2020 11/20/2020
Dec 12/3/2020 12/18/2020

Your new LCWSC Bill – Your bill will have a new look!  Below are points of interest and an example of what your new bill will look like.