About CWR

Chester County Wastewater Recovery (formerly Chester Sewer District) 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 CWR was created for the purpose of transporting, treating and disposing of wastewater originating within the CWR limits. Its function is to construct, operate and maintain lateral (collector) and interceptor sewers and trunk lines, and wastewater treatment plants. By agreement with the City of Chester, the CWR operates and maintains the sewer system in the City of Chester. The CWR is governed by a five member Commission known as the CWR Commission; all of whom are appointed by the Governor. The area of the CWR is defined by statute.

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.



The commissioners are the policy makers for the District. Nevertheless, the following is a listing of CWR’s executive staff who has the responsibility of implementing that policy:

Phillip A. Thompson-King, Executive Director
Devon Beaty, Pretreatment Coordinator
Tony Young, Sandy River WWTP Superintendent
Patrick Timms, Rocky Creek WWTP & Lando-Manetta WWTP Superintendent



Chester County Wastewater Recovery owns and operates three wastewater treatment facilities. They are as follows:

Rocky Creek WWTP – Design Flow 1.36 MGD
Sandy River WWTP – Design Flow 2.136 MGD
Lando/Manetta WWTP – Design Flow 0.8 MGD

This gives CWR a combined capacity of approximately four (4) million gallons (3.996). It should also be noted that CWR has preliminary plans to expand the Lando/Manetta WWTP to 3.5 MGD from our engineering firm HSMM. Also, we have obtained information from DHEC with regards to the required parameters and NPDES limits in relation to such an expansion. In addition, the CSD owns and maintains 150 plus miles of collection and transmission systems with thirteen (13) lift/pump stations.



We serve approximately 4,400 Residential and Commercial Customers and another thirteen (13) Industrial customers with fifteen (15) employees, eight (8) of which are South Carolina Certified Wastewater Treatment Operators.


Industrial Pretreatment

Chester County Wastewater Recovery’s Pretreatment Program was approved May, 1984 by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. The objective of the general pretreatment regulation by the Chester Sewer District is:

* To prevent the introduction of pollutants into its public owned treatment works (POTW), which will interfere with the operation of the POTW, including interference with its use or disposal of the sludge the POTW generates.

* To prevent the introduction of pollutants into the POTW, which will pass through the treatment works or otherwise be incompatible with such works; and

* To improve opportunities to recycle and reclaim municipal and industrial wastewater and sludge.


Permit System

Only significant Industrial Users require a CWR discharge permit.


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Non-Domestic Survey