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Success Stories

Saluda County Water and Sewer Authority Celebrates Grand Opening of Their $20 Million Water Treatment Plant

Stephanie Bittiker
Water
Saluda County Water and Sewer Authority

On August 28, 2019, Saluda County Water and Sewer Authority celebrated the grand opening of their new water treatment plant.  The new facility will provide four million gallons per day of treated water to Saluda County and can be expanded to treat six million gallons per day.

When the project initially began, Saluda County Water and Sewer Authority (Authority) Chairman Jerry Strawbridge announced that the $20.1 Million Water Treatment Plant (WTP) would be built withdrawing water from Lake Murray, calling it the largest economic investment in Saluda County history. 

The project was funded through a $13,143,000 loan, a $7,133,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA RD), and a $500,000 match to be paid by the Authority.   The finished project will allow the Authority to be competitive in selling wholesale water to its neighbors and avoiding price hikes to the Authority’s customers, thereby promoting economic growth for Saluda County. 

Additional information about the USDA Rural Development Water & Waste Disposal Loan & Grant Program is available online at https://www.rd.usda.gov/sc

To see if you might qualify, please contact your local servicing Area Office at:  https://www.rd.usda.gov/contact-us/state-offices/sc.

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Date of Obligation
Obligation Amount:
$13,143,000 Loan/$7,132,900 Grant
Date of Obligation:
Congressional District:
06, 03