Soon-to-be-available water expected to bring growth to upper Dorchester County

The project, consisting of 6 miles of 16 inch water transmission mains, was designed by Hazen and Sawyer's Charlotte office and construction will be overseen by our Columbia and Charleston offices.

(CHARLESTON, SC – November 19, 2014) – A waterline slated to be built soon in upper Dorchester County could be a game-changer for economic development in the region, according to the County Council chairman.

“I don’t know if a lot of folks truly appreciate what’s about to happen,” said Council Chairman Bill Hearn.

A water transmission line, or reach, will be extended from Holly Hill into the Harleyville, St. George and Ridgeville area as the next phase of the Lake Marion Regional Water Authority Project. This is the 6th water transmission main project in the Lake Marion Regional Water System project. Hazen and Sawyer modeled, designed, and oversaw construction of the first five projects totaling 27.7 miles of water transmission mains ranging from 12” to 36” in diameter.

County Council on Monday unanimously approved $4.125 million in matching funds for the project, which will be built by the Army Corps of Engineers. That’s 25 percent, with the rest of the money coming from state and federal resources.

In the works for almost two decades, the project is viewed as the final critical piece to spur development in the region.

The project will kick off with a ceremony in mid-January and is expected to take 12 to 14 months.

Adapted from The Post and Courier.

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