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7/28/21 UPDATE
Lake Rabon Algae Advisory
7/26/21
Hydrant Flushing
6/29/21
We are Hiring!  Employment Opportunity
6/24/21
Lake Rabon Boat Permit Fee Change
4/23/21
Water Treatment Plant Project
10/23/20
Trick or Treat with us at the Drive Thru!
10/16/20
Customer Appreciation Day October 23, 2020 
10/12/20
Proposed Hickory Tavern Water Tank Replacement Project
8/17/20
Lake Greenwood Watershed-Based Plan 

Posted by on Jul 28, 2021 in News, Slider | Comments Off on

Lake Rabon Advisory

July 27, 2021, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) submitted additional results from sampling in Lake Rabon from Monday, July 26 showing exceedances of the Recreation Standard of 8 ug/L for microcystin. The current Recreational Advisory will stay in place until two consecutive rounds of samples are reported with all results below the Standard. This Recreational Advisory cannot be lifted until two (2) consecutive weeks of sampling indicate all samples have low levels of microcystin. Additional samples will be collected by DHEC next week.

Please remember that swimming, wading, or coming into contact with the water, scum, foam, and/or algae is not advised. Pets should not contact or drink lake water. Fishing in or near algae is not recommended; any fish taken from the lake should be thoroughly rinsed before consumption. Laurens County Water and Sewer Commission continues to work closely with DHEC to monitor Lake Rabon. Continued elevated results may require more stringent protection measures in the future, such as preventing access to Lake Rabon.

LCWSC will continue to provide updates as necessary, to allow the public to make informed decisions.

For more information, please contact LCWSC at (864) 682-3250 or DHEC’s Bureau of Water at 803-898-8374 or DHEC e-mail at WTR_ASP_HAB@dhec.sc.gov


July 22, 2021, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) submitted results to LCWSC from follow-up sampling in Lake Rabon from Monday, July 19. All six (6) mycrocystin samples were less than 1 ug/L, well below the Recreation Standard of 8 ug/L. The current Recreational Advisory will stay in place until a second round of samples are reported below the Standard. Additional samples will be collected by DHEC next week.


Swimming, wading, or coming into contact with the water, scum, foam, and/or algae is not advised. Pets should not contact or drink lake water. Fishing in or near algae is not recommended; any fish taken from the lake should be thoroughly rinsed before consumption. Laurens County Water and Sewer Commission continues to work closely with DHEC to monitor Lake Rabon. Samples collected by LCWSC and analyzed by a Florida Laboratory specializing in harmful algae testing indicate the presence of the algae that produce mycrocystin, further results are pending. Updated information will be posted by Laurens County Water and Sewer Commission when available.

For more information, please contact LCWSC at (864) 682-3250 or DHEC’s Bureau of Water at 803-898-8374 or DHEC e-mail at WTR_ASP_HAB@dhec.sc.gov


Today, July 16, 2021, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) submitted results to LCWSC from routine monitoring in Lake Rabon indicating the presence of a harmful algal bloom (HAB). In an abundance of caution LCWSC is issuing a recreational water advisory for Lake Rabon in Laurens County based on DHEC’s results.

Microcystins, which are toxins produced by cyanobacteria, were detected in Lake Rabon at low levels, with one sample greater than 15 micrograms per liter (ug/L), which is greater than the South Carolina recreational water quality standard of 8 ug/L. Swimming, wading, or coming into contact with the water, scum, foam, and/or algae is not advised. Fishing in or near algae is not recommended; any fish taken from the lake should be thoroughly rinsed before consumption. Laurens County Water and Sewer Commission is working closely with DHEC to monitor Lake Rabon with additional sampling scheduled for Monday, July 19. Updated information will be posted by Laurens County Water and Sewer Commission when available.

For more information, please contact LCWSC at (864) 682-3250 or DHEC’s Bureau of Water at 803-898-8374 or DHEC e-mail at WTR_ASP_HAB@dhec.sc.gov or at this link scdhec.gov/harmful-algal-blooms

Hydrant Flushing, Click for Current Locations

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Hydrant Flushing, Click for Current Locations

LCWSC will be flushing water mains along Neely Ferry Rd from Ekom Beach Rd to Indian Mound Rd on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM. You may experience discolored water and/or lower water pressure.

The area highlighted in green on the map represents a previously flushed area but may be affected. These include: Neely Ferry Rd, Elmore Rd, Hood Creek Rd (south of Hwy 252), Old Quaker Church Rd and a small portion of Simpson Mill Rd.

We will be actively flushing the area highlighted in purple. Please check the clarity of your water before washing laundry especially when washing white clothes. Should you have any questions, please call our Customer Service at (864) 682-3250.


LCWSC will be flushing water mains along Neely Ferry Rd from Indian Mound Rd to Todd Quarter Rd on Wednesday, July 28, 2021, between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM. You may experience discolored water and/or lower water pressure.

The area highlighted in green on the map represents a previously flushed area but may be affected. These include: Neely Ferry Rd, Indian Mound Rd from Neely Ferry Rd to Bethel Church Rd, Bissell Dr, Elmore Rd and the very beginning of Todd Quarter Rd.

We will be actively flushing the area highlighted in purple. Please check the clarity of your water before washing laundry especially when washing white clothes. Should you have any questions, please call our Customer Service at (864) 682-3250.


LCWSC will be flushing water mains along Todd Quarter Rd from Neely Ferry Rd to Enchanted Oaks Dr on Thursday, July 29, 2021, between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM. You may experience discolored water and/or lower water pressure.

The area highlighted in green on the map represents a previously flushed area but may be affected. These include: Todd Quarter Rd from Neely Ferry Rd to Enchanted Oaks Dr, Kayla Dr, Neely Ferry Rd, Indian Mound Rd from Neely Ferry Rd to Bethel Church Rd, Bissell Dr, Elmore Rd.

We will be actively flushing the area highlighted in purple. Please check the clarity of your water before washing laundry especially when washing white clothes. Should you have any questions, please call our Customer Service at (864) 682-3250.

Holiday Hours

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Holiday Hours

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Make plans to bring the kids by for Trick or Treat at our drive thru!
Two days to stop by – Thursday Oct 29 and Friday Oct 30

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Make plans to visit us on October 23 for Customer Appreciation Day!

LCWSC Water Treatment Plant Project

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

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

4/2021 Time-Lapse Videos of Construction at the Water Treatment Facility

One year into construction time lapse videos. The video below shows a panoramic view of the entire Water Treatment Facility and shows the progress from April 2020 until April 2021.

Time Lapse video credit to Harper Construction

One year into construction time lapse videos. The video below shows the construction of the Administration and Lab Building progress from
April 2020 until April 2021.

Time Lapse video credit to Harper Construction

One year into construction time lapse videos. The video below shows the construction of the Wet Wells and Treatment Process Facility progress from
April 2020 until April 2021.

Time Lapse video credit to Harper Construction

4/15/2021 Flyover Videos of Construction Progress

Video credit to Smart Electric Company, Inc.
Video credit to Smart Electric Company, Inc.

Boil Water Advisory *Repeal

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Boil Water Advisory *Repeal

Lake Greenwood Watershed-Based Plan Information

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Lake Greenwood Watershed-Based Plan Information

December 11, 2020
Update to the Watershed-Based Plan

Upstate Forever and South Carolina Rural Water Association have updated this information with a new video, new survey and stakeholder form.

Any resident living in in the watershed area shown on the map below are stakeholders in the planning process. This includes residents near Rabon Creek, Long Lick Branch (Reedy River), Cane Creek (Saluda River) and Lake Greenwood

3 Things You Can Do To Help With The Planning Process

August 17, 2020

Upstate Forever and South Carolina Rural Water Association have teamed up to develop a watershed-based plan for the Lake Greenwood watersheds, addressing nutrient, sediment, and bacterial concerns. We rely on input from residents and homeowners in the area and have developed an online survey to gather as much information as possible. To learn more about our efforts, please view the webinar we recorded and feel free to reach out with any questions.

The links below will give more information regarding the plan development.

YouTube link for Introduction Meeting

Online Survey link

Lake Rabon Park Notice

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

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

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.