CMD Water IS Safe To Drink

On Friday afternoon, July 14th, Charlotte Water contacted Chester Metropolitan District and many downstream water utilities to report that a 21-inch sewer line had separated and approximately 200,000 gallons of sewage spilled into Kings Branch.

Kings Branch is a tributary to Big Sugar Creek, which flows into the Catawba River downstream of the Lake Wylie dam. With the distance that the sewage has to flow, and the amount of the base flow in the Catawba River, natural mixing of the waters will dilute a majority of bacteria contained in the river.

Chester Metropolitan District has been monitoring the raw water quality in the Catawba River and has reported no change in normal water quality at its water filtration plant in Fort Lawn. Reports from the filtration plant indicate no change in pH or bacterial levels, and no indication that the spill is presenting a health risk to our customers. The drinking water being produced meets or exceeds USEPA Primary Drinking Water Standards.

Chester Metropolitan District will continue to closely monitor the water quality in the river and report any problems to our customers. Updates on the sewer spill will be available here on our website. Please check back for more information, or call our office at (803) 385-5123.

Magnolia Street Line Replacement

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In an ongoing effort to provide quality service to the residents of Chester County, the Chester Metropolitan District has embarked on a new water line replacement project in the Great Falls area.

Due to a series of water main breaks which have resulted in numerous service outages for the residents on Magnolia Street, CMD will replace approximately 700 feet of the fifty-year-old 6” main. The section of water main to be replaced stretches from Sunset Avenue to St. Michael Avenue.

Construction began Monday, April 17th, and is expected to continue for approximately 6-8 weeks. This project is funded by CMD’s monthly Capital Projects Fee.

Notice of Pressure Reduction — York Road Tank Area

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NOTICE OF PRESSURE REDUCTION

York Road Tank Area

The Chester Metropolitan District will be experiencing lower than normal water line pressure during the week of March 21-23, 2017.

Lower pressures will result from the York Road water tank being offline for routine cleaning and maintenance.  Water service will not be interrupted as a result of tank maintenance operations.  Affected streets may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • York Road
  • SCDOT Road
  • Hughes Road
  • Armory Road
  • Elks Road
  • Mahlon Drive
  • Holmes Road
  • Phillips Industrial Park Drive
  • Featherstone Road
  • Welch Drive
  • Yorkdale Street
  • Bedrock Road
  • Rinehart Road
  • T-Mack Drive
  • Darby Road
  • Gethsemane Church Road
  • Brown McCullough Road

 

Normal water pressures will be restored as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

The New Chester Sewer District!

The Chester Sewer District is now…

 Chester County Wastewater Recovery!

In an ongoing effort to provide superior service to the residents and businesses of Chester County, we at Chester County Wastewater Recovery have embarked on a mission to put forth our best possible image. In November 2016, the Chester Sewer District’s Board of Commissioners approved a plan to rebrand Chester County’s Wastewater System by upgrading our image and putting our focus back on our customers and the services we provide.

About The New CWR:

The Chester Sewer District (CSD) is a special purpose district created by Legislative Act No. 480 as amended by Act No. 1186 (and subsequent Amendments thereto) of the Acts of the State of South Carolina for 1964.  The CSD was created for the purpose of transporting, treating and disposing of wastewater originating within the CSD Service Area. In September 2016, the CSD Board of Commissioners passed a resolution to allow the CSD to operate as Chester County Wastewater Recovery (CWR).  CWR is a more accurate name detailing the actual function of the organization.  Therefore, the CSD is “doing business as” (DBA) CWR.

Wastewater treatment is an important service provided by the CWR to residents, businesses and industries in the Chester and Richburg areas.  Without this service, industrial operations in the Chester County area would be greatly hindered.  That is why CWR is a strong supporter and partner in economic development efforts in the county.

The CWR’s mission is to protect public health by providing efficient and reliable wastewater services to conserve resources, promote growth and development, and return clean water to the environment.

Meet the Team!

Front Row (L-R): Rosetta Dixon, RCWWTP/LMWWTP; Farrah Wright, Executive Assistant; Phillip A. Thompson-King, Executive Director; Devon Beaty, Pretreatment Coordinator; Clay Shannon, Manager of Information Services.

Second Row (L-R): Jerry Campbell, SRWWTP; Tony Young, SRWWTP Superintendent; Joel Manning, Financial Analyst; Billy Raines, Collections; Patrick Timms, RCWWTP/LMWWTP Superintendent.

Third Row (L-R): Michael McAbee, Collections; Cole Abell, SRWWTP; Brian “Hatch” Hatchell, Collections; Claude “Sammy” Bell, RCWWTP/LMWWTP.

Back Row: Michael Hunter, Interim Collections Superintendent.

Not Pictured: Michael Coleman, Collections; Jamie Jennings, Collections; Charles Sanders, RCWWTP/LMWWTP; Michael Ritchie, RCWWTP/LMWWTP.

Notice of Fire Hydrant Testing

 

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Chester Metropolitan District will be performing fire hydrant testing January 25, 2017 through January 31, 2017.

All testing is done by District personnel. The goal of this testing is to assure a reliable water distribution system, aid in planning future projects for our Capital Improvements Program, and provide data on how the system will perform in the event of a high flow situation, such as a fire. The fire hydrant testing includes capturing flow readings, flushing of the fire hydrant and line, and documenting any inefficiency found. During these tests, sediment may be stirred up which may result in discoloration or suspended particles in the water. Citizens who experience any unusual water clarity problems after the hydrants are flushed are encouraged to turn on a cold-water faucet outside of the house and let it run for 5 to 10 minutes. This will normally clear up the agitated water from the service line to the home. Sediment can accumulate in the lines which can cause discoloration in laundry. It is recommended to check that both the hot and cold laundry water is clear before washing. A slight decline in water quality is common immediately after fire hydrant testing has occurred. If water quality does not improve or further problems occur, contact Chester Metropolitan District by calling 803-385-5123.

Public Service Announcement: Extortion Scams

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It has come to the attention of Chester Metropolitan District staff that residents of Chester County may be falling victim to a new scam. On the afternoon of May 18, 2016, a resident of the county received a telephone call at his business from an individual claiming to be a tax collector who threatened to condemn his well unless he provided $500 on a disposable credit card (in this case, a OneVanilla card from CVS) to pay taxes on a check which had bounced.

During a series of telephone calls, this person indicated he was with the tax office, the City of Chester, and Chester Metropolitan District. An 888 callback number was given, and the callers listed themselves as “Robert Green” and “Anthony Garcia”. One of the telephone calls he received showed Chester Metropolitan District as the caller [this is called “spoofing”. It can be done online for free and is typically used for prank calls, but has recently become popular for more sinister purposes such as these extortion scams].

CMD would like every resident of Chester County to be aware of the following:

  • CMD does not call individuals asking for payment.
  • We do not maintain, operate, condemn, or disconnect private well systems for any reason.
  • If a payment is due to CMD, it must be made in our office or through our online payment portal. We will never demand payment over the telephone.
  • If you receive a telephone call which appears to come from any government agency and you feel unsure of its legitimacy, do not share any personal information with the caller.
  • If you receive a phone call requesting money or making threats against your personal property or water service, hang up and call our office immediately.

Chester Metropolitan District is committed to serving our customers and protecting the residents and businesses of Chester County. As always, CMD employees will be glad to answer any questions you may have about your water and wastewater service. Feel free to call us at any time Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM at (803) 385-5123 or come by our office at 155 Wylie Street in Chester.

 

Inclement Weather Closure

The CMD/CSD Office will be CLOSED Friday, January 22, 2016 due to the pending inclement weather. If you need immediate assistance please dial our main telephone number at (803) 385-5123 and speak with an operator.

As always, bills can be paid through our online portal by CLICKING HERE.

We apologize for any inconvenience this closure may cause and wish everyone a safe and happy weekend.

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