After the town of Lexington lauded the state’s environmental protection agency for ordering a private waste water company to end sewage discharges, the company took the first step Tuesday by requesting information from the town to expedite the process.
The Department of Health and Environmental Control said Monday it was refusing to continue discharge permits that Carolina Water Service is seeking for the Saluda River. After previous attempts by DHEC, the agency said Carolina Water and the town must hash out an agreement that ends the practice or both could face fines as stiff as $10,000 daily.
Both must submit to DHEC a coordinated plan within 60 days detailing how the company will connect with Lexington’s sewage pipes, which are just a few feet from the I-20 treatment plant.
The town intends to “fully comply with its obligations” either by purchase, condemnation or other connection to eliminate the discharge, Mayor Steve MacDougall said in a written statement.
“It has long been the position of the town that the elimination of discharges from (Carolina Water Service’s Interstate 20) facility and from its Lake Murray Watergate facility is imperative,” MacDougall said.
The utility’s president, Rick Durham, said Monday that Carolina Water Service will appeal DHEC’s decision and administrative order “given that they are based on an incomplete factual record and incorrect legal analysis.” Durham said the appeal is not intended to block his company from connecting its lines with the town.
On Tuesday, he sent a letter to the town, asking they provide several pieces of information to speed interconnection.
Durham asked for:
▪ The location of the town’s waste water collection line where Carolina Water Service would be required to connection.
▪ The size of the connection line, and the type and size of the waste water flow meter required
▪ The rate Carolina Water Service will be charged for wholesale waste water treatment service.