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LAKE CITY, SC – Lake City is upgrading its Lake Swamp Wastewater Treatment Plant on Cemetery Road.

The $10.5 million renovation replaces equipment, creates additional biological treatment ponds, and will improve the quality of wastewater discharged into and near the city.

The construction project is funded by the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, which is administered by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Money is also provided by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the state.

BRW Construction of Garden City, Georgia is the contractor. The company specializes in environmental services and heavy civil construction.

“We are upgrading all the rooms,” said city administrator William Hall.

The sewage treatment plant laboratory is also being upgraded. The City of Lake City does a lot of its own sewage quality testing. The laboratory must also pass the inspection. It hasn’t been renovated since the late 1980s, Hall said.

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“We are going to modernize the whole building,” he said.

The project began in 2019. Construction began in the winter of 2021. The plan is to complete it in late 2022 or early 2023, Hall said.

It has been difficult to obtain some of the items needed to complete the project due to shortages related to the COVID-19 pandemic, he said.

“With the supply chain and everything going on, we’re taking it one day at a time. They’re on schedule with everything at this point,” Hall said.

The sewage treatment plant is a regional system, said Ricky Sims, director of public works and utilities for Lake City. Scranton and Olanta are two of the towns in the region linked to the Lake City Wastewater Treatment Plant.

“It’s a small factory, but we cover a big area,” Sims said. “We are going through a major upgrade. It will likely be a $10.5 million project.

The project includes aeration basins, a septic receiving system and improvements to clarifiers, he said.

“We are not increasing capacity at the moment,” he said. “We’re renovating the plant because a lot of the equipment has been in service since the early 1980s. We’re doing a remodel, so to speak.

The sewage treatment plant does not violate any clean water standards, Sims said. The equipment had to be modernized and parts of the sewage treatment plant that were no longer in use had to be removed.

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