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.

CMD’s 2016 CCR is Now Available!

Due to Environmental Protection Agency Regulations, the Spring 2017 Water and Wastewater News by CMD/CWR contains a report on the quality of water that you receive from Chester Metropolitan District. This report will be delivered to you on an annual basis and will consist of the most recent test results available.

The EPA and SC DHEC have established strict standards for all drinking water, designed to protect consumers from bacteria and water-borne illnesses. We at Chester Metropolitan are pleased to report that our drinking water is safe for consumption and meets all federal and state requirements.

Free copies of the newsletter will be available beginning July 3, 2017 at the following locations:

  • CMD Office
  • Chester City Hall
  • Chester County Library (Main Branch)
  • Great Falls Town Hall
  • Chester County Library (Great Falls Branch)
  • Fort Lawn Town Hall
  • Richburg Town Hall
  • Chester County Library (Richburg Branch)

 You may also download a PDF copy of our newsletter by CLICKING HERE.

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.

Notice of Chlorine Burnout

The Chester Metropolitan District will be turning off the Ammonia in the system beginning Friday, February 3, 2017 and will run straight chlorine disinfection for approximately one month. This process helps to keep the system disinfected and reduce the chances of bacteriological growth in water lines with lower flows.

CMD personnel will begin flushing lines the week of February 6, 2017.  Customers may see fire hydrants standing open – this is part of the process, and will be monitored by employees.

During this time, customers may also experience a stronger chlorine smell and/or taste in their tap water.  This is normal, and the water is still safe to drink.  If the water is allowed to stand in a glass for several minutes before drinking, the chlorine smell/taste will dissipate.

If you have questions or concerns about this project, please call the CMD Office at (803) 385-5123.

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.

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