In 1998 a report card was issued on the condition of U.S. infrastructure by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). This report analyzed everything from mass transit to solid waste landfills. Results showed that fish can inhabit only 60 percent of our rivers and lakes. This fact indicates the need for an additional 2,000 wastewater treatment plants by 2016. Our national wastewater infrastructure scored a D+ on the ASCE report.
As a result of the ASCE report, the EPA started a program to monitor the management of wastewater collection and treatment. This move by the EPA is an attempt to improve the environmental and public safety standards by which the industry measures its performance. The name for the program is CMOM, which stands for Capacity, Management, Operation, and Maintenance.
All of the wastewater collection agencies in the area that drain into ReWa trunk lines, were asked to participate in a voluntary CMOM self-audit. Laurens County Water and Sewer Commission welcomed the chance to have its program reviewed. Efforts include sewer line cleaning, root cutting and treatment, manhole rehabilitation, and closed circuit TV line inspections. The goal of this program is to prevent SSO (Sanitary Sewer Overflows) and reduce the amount of excess water getting into the collection system.
Laurens County Water and Sewer Commission is meeting the challenges of today and is continuously looking towards the future. We are committed to public safety and the environment and we welcome any opportunity to assist us in protecting our community, our environment, our home.
To review the updates regarding changes to the LCWSC Capacity fees please see notice Capacity Fees WebSite 11-27-12.