Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Low- and moderate-income families living in the Horseshoe community of Bonneau Beach are one step closer to having public water distribution lines and fire hydrants.
During the March 24 regular meeting of council, Berkeley County Council approved a resolution that promises to match 10 percent of a $269,000 community development block grant for the Bonneau Beach Water Project.
For the residents of Bonneau Beach’s Horseshoe community the recent ice storms didn’t just mean being without electricity for several days, it also meant being without water.
The 40 homes in the area — which includes Horseshoe Road, Blue Flame Road, Dingo Court and Midlake Way — are on private wells, a small pocket of Bonneau without public water. When February’s ice storm struck and downed power lines around the county, the community was unable to draw water without the electricity running.
The project of bringing those homes on public water gained support among the residents, and Berkeley County Water and Sanitation has been able to move forward with seeking a grant.
“People in the community want water,” water department’s Director of Customer Service Ed Rogers said in a telephone interview. And the fire department wants six hydrants in the area for pubic safety, he added. “With the recent ice storm, they decided it was time to convert over to public water.”
The project will not include sewage. Of the 40 homes, 29 are low and moderate income, which aids in qualification of the grant, Rogers said.
Community Block Development grants are obtained through the S.C. Department of Commerce. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funds the state program.