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Watergate Service Area Improvements Project update

Lexington, SC 07/25/2023 - The Town of Lexington has completed the temporary outfall connection for the Watergate Wastewater Treatment Plant, ending the discharge of 290-thousand gallons per day of treated wastewater into 14 Mile Creek and ultimately the Lower Saluda River. This eliminates the greatest environmental risk from the plant, thereby protecting our natural resources and the Lower Saluda.

This effectively completes the decades long process of regionalizing wastewater treatment in the Town’s management area, utilizing the state of the art joint facility on the Congaree with our partners at the Joint Municipal Water and Sewer Commission and the City of Cayce.

The Watergate Plant had been identified for regionalization by SCDHEC for many years, and since the Town acquired it from Blue Granite Water Company in 2020, we have been actively planning for its decommissioning.

The next step is for the Town to build the new, permanent infrastructure to replace the temporary tie-in and fully decommission the plant and upgrade numerous pump stations in the Watergate Service Area.

This is an $18-million project partially funded by a $10-million grant from the State of South Carolina from ARPA Funds.


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