County looking to improve Fort Mill pump station

jmarks@fortmilltimes.comSeptember 23, 2013 

— As Tega Cay residents and representatives grapple with sewage spills and infrastructure needs, York County is looking to prevent those same types of problems in Fort Mill.

Last week York County Council authorized county staff to begin negotiations with HDR Engineering out of Charlotte for work at the Steele Creek Sanitary Sewer Pump Station. The pump station was built in 1996 on just less than an acre behind Knights Stadium off Gold Hill Road. Earthen dikes line all but the northern side.

The property sits in the Steele Creek flood plain.

Recent flood waters came within a foot of the top of the dike. The facility is at or near capacity now with more growth expected in its service area. Cracks are showing up in some walls, and the foundation is in need of repair.

Wastewater comes in from a 36-inch sewer and is pumped through a 24-inch main to Manchester Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Rock Hill. It pumps about 1.75 million gallons per day.

The county is looking at the fix in three parts. They’ll need four months to evaluate the station for improvement or replacement options. Design, permitting and bidding would take another 12 months. Construction would take another 13 months.

In July, the county received 17 proposals from engineers. Staff recommended negotiating with HDR Engineering, a company that’s already worked in the Little Allison Creek Pump Station and force main projects in the county.

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