Grant to improve sewer system issues in N. Charleston area

Grant to improve sewer system issues in N. Charleston area
The South Carolina RIA awards a $457,312 grant for sewer system improvements in N. Charleston area (Source: Pixabay)

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC)

A new grant seeks to help eliminate the potential for sewer backups for an area off Ashley Phosphate Rd.

On Thursday, the South Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority announced that Dorchester County was awarded a $457,312 grant for sewer system improvements in the Stratton Capers II service area in North Charleston.

According to Dorchester County spokesperson Tiffany Norton, the project will replace approximately 3100 linear feet of 8” gravity sewer main to address issues of poor slope, root intrusion, and pipe deterioration.

A total of 29 manholes will be replaced due to structural defects and 3 new manholes will be installed to ensure pipe runs are within DHEC standards.

Norton says the project will significantly reduce the amount of inflow and infiltration in the wastewater collection system.  This reduction of flow to the Lower Dorchester Wastewater Treatment Plant will decrease operation and maintenance costs associated with the treatment of wastewater. 

Dorchester County Council Chairman, Jay Byars says the grant will benefit the 204 residential and 6 commercial customers.

“The improvements made possible by the RIA grant will better the overall quality of life for the residents of Stratton Capers II,” Byars said.

The total cost of construction is estimated to be $609,750.

The Dorchester County Water and Wastewater Enterprise Fund funded $162,438