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Dorchester County Awarded $457,312 Grant from the South Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority for Sewer System Improvements

Post Date:05/25/2018 1:50 PM

On Thursday, May 24, 2018 the South Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) announced that Dorchester County has been awarded a $457,312 grant for sewer system improvements in the Stratton Capers II service area, off Ashley Phosphate Rd. in the City of North Charleston.

The project consists of replacing approximately 3100 linear feet of 8” gravity sewer main to address issues of poor slope, root intrusion, and pipe deterioration. A total of 32 precast manholes will be installed; 29 manholes to be replaced due to structural defects and 3 new manholes will be installed to insure pipe runs are within DHEC standards. 

This project will immediately benefit the 204 residential and 6 commercial customers with improved sewer operation, eliminating the potential for sewer backups. 

This project was selected to eliminate inflow and infiltration into the sewer system. The sewer system in the project site discharges to Pump Station #53 that runs to the Lower Treatment Plant. In periods when rainfall occurs, the pump station wet well levels immediately go to high level alarm condition. This occurrence indicates a significant increase of flow. The source of this increased flow is attributed to the condition of existing sewer mains and manholes.

Once completed, the project will significantly reduce the amount of inflow and infiltration in the wastewater collection system.  This reduction of flow to the Lower Dorchester Wastewater Treatment Plant will decrease operation and maintenance costs associated with the treatment of wastewater.

 With the RIA grant, the project is now fully funded. The total cost of construction is estimated to be $609,750.

  • RIA Grant: $457,312
  • Dorchester County Water and Wastewater Enterprise Fund: $152,438  

Dorchester County Council Chairman, Jay Byars, said “the improvements made possible by the RIA grant will better the overall quality of life for the residents of Stratton Capers II. I want to thank county leadership and staff for their efforts to obtain the grant funding.” Byars added “The Dorchester County Water & Sewer Department’s commitment to deliver high quality services to the residents of Dorchester County is to be commended.”