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.

CWR Notice of Board Meeting – 07/17/2017



July 17, 2017 — 6:00 PM

3261 Lancaster Hwy
Richburg, SC 29729


  • Call Meeting to Order
    • Invocation
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Approval of Last Meeting Minutes
  • Old Business
    1. Lando/Manetta                               -Mr. Patrick Timms
    2. Rocky Creek                                  -Mr. Patrick Timms
    3. Sandy River                                   -Mr. Tony Young
    4. Pretreatment                                 -Ms. Devon Beaty
    5. Project Updates                             -Mr. Phillip A. Thompson-King


  • New Business
    1. Lower Catawba River Basin Update  -Mr. Phillip A. Thompson-King
    2. FOIA Resolution                             -Mr. Phillip A. Thompson-King
    3. Public Comment
  • Reports
    1. Mass Balance                                 – Mr. Phillip A. Thompson-King
    2. Maintenance Work Report               – Mr. David Garris
    3. Customer Billing                            – Mr. Joel Manning
    4. Financial Statement                       – Mr. Joel Manning
  • Adjourn
  • Executive Session
    1. Contractual Matters

CMD Notice of Meeting – 07/12/2017

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Chester Metropolitan District Regular Commission Meeting

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
6:00 PM

CMD Conference Room
155 Wylie Street
Chester, South Carolina

Please note: This agenda is subject to change 24 hours before the scheduled meeting date and time.


I. Call Meeting to Order


II. Approval of Last Meeting Minutes


III. Old Business

  1. Filter Plant
  2. Engineer’s Report
  3. DMAG Report
  4. Reminder Notices

V. New Business

  1. Director’s Update

VI. Reports

  1. Director’s Report
  2. Hydrant Report
  3. Financial Report



CMD to Halt Reminder Notices

In an effort to streamline our billing system and cut wasteful spending, the Chester Metropolitan District has made the decision to discontinue payment Reminder Notices. We understand that this is a convenience to our customers, and one that many rely on to ensure their bills are paid. Because our customers have come to rely on this service, the decision was not made lightly.

The dependence on reminder notices has increased greatly in the last several years. CMD regularly sends out up to 2,500 reminder notices per month – that means nearly forty percent of CMD’s customers regularly receive both a bill and a reminder notice.  By eliminating reminder notices, our staff is able to cut supply and postage usage by nearly $1,000 per month. Removing this step also allows us to streamline our billing procedures and provide more efficient service to our customers, as our billing clerks are able to focus on other, more important aspects of their daily duties.

The elimination of reminder notices will not affect due dates and payment procedures. Customers will still have the same amount of time to pay their bills, which may be done in our office, by mail, through the night depository, online at, or by automatic bank draft.

Any customer concerned about missing their due date because of this change is encouraged to sign up for automatic drafts. This ensures payments are received on time without the hassle of coming to the office to make a payment in person.

Customers can expect to stop receiving reminder notices after September 1, 2017. We at CMD are committed to our customers. Please call our office at (803) 385-5123 with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have. Our regular office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.