Land purchase will lead to better water service in Fort Mill

jmarks@fortmilltimes.comFebruary 25, 2013 

— A $45,000 purchase of land along the Catawba River should help improve water service to Fort Mill.

Last week, York County Council agreed to spend that amount for one acre on the Fort Mill side of the river to locate a booster pump station, and close to seven acres of water main, construction and access easements. The properties are part of a larger, 281-acre site owned by Crescent Resources off of Suttonview Road.

The booster station is part of a planned 30-inch water main beneath the river. The county expects to begin work on the station by the end of the month. The entire water main should be completed by the fall.

“It’s a large, major project,” said David Hughes, supervisor with York County Water and Sewer. “It’ll provide water from the Rock Hill system through the eastern side of the system.”

The water main and booster station are needed, according to the county staff recommendation provided to Council, “to provide adequate pressures to serve the county’s customers in the Fort Mill Township.” Carowinds Boulevard, Tega Cay and Fort Mill are included.

The county purchased water from Rock Hill – and some from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities – to serve parts of Fort Mill. The streamlining project should help ease the county’s costs, officials said. Municipalities set their own rates, but there won’t be additional rate bumps due solely to the water main project, Hughes said.

“The revenue is in place to pay for this,” he said.

Fort Mill Town Councilwoman Guynn Savage chairs the town’s water and sewer committee. She said that despite being put in place to serve Fort Mill, the water line is “totally a county project” that doesn’t include work by the town.

“They seem to be working hard on this as I am seeing their project signs along the route,” Savage said.

Other projects also aim at providing water to fast-growing Fort Mill and Tega Cay. An engineer already has been chosen for a water tank project near Carowinds. Construction should begin in the summer or fall, coinciding with work on the booster station.

“We need that to sustain pressure,” Hughes said.

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