NEWBERRY — The Newberry County Sewer and Water Authority is continuing to make progress on its water tank maintenance.
NCWSA Manager Brent Richardson reported at last week’s meeting that maintenance is already complete at Lake Murray Water Treatment Plant Clearwell, Macedonia Church Road Tank and the Egg Tank, all of which received a washout and interior inspection.
Maintenance that is in progress or is planned include the Gin Tank, which is nearing completion in an interior renovation, and the Little Mountain Tank, which will be receiving an exterior renovation.
Plans for the Bush River Tank include a visual inspection and logo, and the Kayser Roth Tank will receive interior renovation.
A resolution relating to the recovery of collection costs as part of delinquent debts collected pursuant to the Setoff Debt Collection Act was approved.
NCWSA has contracted with the Municipal Association of South Carolina to submit claims on its behalf to the S.C. Department of Revenue pursuant to the Act.
With this resolution, the NCWSA would pay an administrative fee of $25 that will be added to the delinquent debt and recovered by the debtor.
Board member Lewis Lee made a motion to approve the resolution and Terry Rawls seconded the motion. It passed unanimously.
• Employee Service Awards were awarded to Kim Metz, Derrick Evans, Chris James and Tracey Coward for their years of dedication and service to the NCSWA.
• Raw water turbidity for the LMWTP is 1.4 NTU (slightly lower than last month), settled water turbidity is 0.11 NTU, and combined filtered turbidity is 0.02 NTU. LMWTP’s Running Annual Average TOC Removal Ratio is in compliance. Locational Running Annual Averages at all HAA & TTHM (Disinfection By-Products) sample sites are in compliance. The Alum sludge dewatering project will begin in late November 2016 or early December 2016.
• NCWSA’s water distribution department reported main line breaks on Grant Drive, Mt. Pilgrim Church Road and Forest Shores Road. Three new water services were installed. Several existing one-inch commercial meters were replaced with radio-read meters.
• The S.C. Department of Transportation plans to replace an aging bridge on Macedonia Church Road at Susannah Branch. On April 28, 2016, the Board allocated $60,000 to relocate an existing 6-inch water line and an existing 10-inch sewer line to avoid interference with SCDOT construction activity. SCDOT is working on right of way acquisition.
• NCWSA maintained compliance with all NPDES Permit parameters at the Cannons Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. The variable frequency drive (VFD) for the 100 HP aerator in SBR Basin #2 failed. A replacement VFD (with a load reactor and new wiring) has been installed.
• NCWSA’s wastewater collection department reported no main line breaks. Two submersible pumps (GP & LMWTP) were pulled for evaluation and repair. Three new sewer services were installed.
• Assistant Manager Daniel Quattlebaum gave the financial report for October. Water revenue came in at $249,716 against a water expense of $206,683, resulting in $43,033 revenue for October. Sewer revenue was $73,710 compared to sewer expense of $83,445, which results in $9,735 in the red.
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