County dedicates new BCWS plant
A project seven years in the making has come to fruition with the ribbon cutting on June 21 of the new Berkeley County Water and Sanitation Central Berkeley Waste Water Treatment plant.
BCWS Director Colin Martin and Berkeley County Supervisor Dan Davis hosted a gathering of civic and business leaders for the ribbon cutting ceremony and a tour of the new facility.
The facility replaces the old plant on Old Highway 52 near Berkeley Country Club.
“The old treatment facility had a capacity of treating 350,000 gallons of waste water per day,” said Martin. “The new plant will increase the treatment capacity of the current service area by 10 times, averaging three million gallons per day, enough to meet the county’s needs for the next 15 years.”
Martin added that the $17 million treatment plant, located on landfill property off Hwy. 52 could be easily expanded to increase capacity to more than 6 million gallons per day, enough to serve the needs of Berkeley County for the next 25 years.
“This project came in on time and under budget,” Martin said.
The county supervisor said the plant answers the call to the needs of the fastest growing county in South Carolina and 35th fastest growing county in the nation.
“We need this facility,” Davis said. “The growth has occurred in the county and we have to answer the call to meet this growth.
“Because of the innovative work at Water and Sanitation, Berkeley County has become a leader in the state in production of green energy and we are leading the field in green energy technology. There’s a call out there to meet the energy needs of a growing population in Berkeley County and we are all in green energy development.”