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Breezy Hill Water Treatment Plant Expansion

Press Release:

Breezy Hill W&S to Begin Construction of Three Projects near Clearwater Lake

Clearwater, South Carolina, August 28, 2020:  Breezy Hill Water & Sewer Company, Inc. (BHWS) has awarded three construction contracts near Clearwater Lake in Aiken County, SC.  Planning for these projects began in 2016 in preparation for expansion and improvements to the Breezy Hill/Charles A. Hilton Water Treatment Plant, located on a 6.4 acre parcel at 4076 Jefferson Davis Highway. The other two contracts include the Clearwater Lake Dam Repairs and the demolition and closure of the old Clearwater Finishing Industrial Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP).

            The Breezy Hill/Charles A. Hilton Water Treatment Plant, originally built in 2013, will be expanded with the addition of a new raw water pumping station and completion of Filter Nos. 3 & 4.  The Clearwater Lake Dam Repairs project will include the installation of new flashboards, floodgate and sluice gate replacement, and placement of armoring over the earthen portions. Clearwater Finishing Industrial WWTP Demolition & Closure project will consist of the removal of the existing WWTP structures and buildings on the site, draining of the basins, and backfilling of the basins.

         The BHWS Board of Directors and its General Manager, Jeff Lowe, are pleased to see construction begin on this long-awaited project.  Construction is expected to begin in early September 2020 and should be completed by mid-September 2021.  Traffic disruptions are expected to be minimal, as much of the work will take place at the Water Treatment Plant and near Clearwater Lake.  As this area of Aiken County continues to grow, the work will enable BHWS to increase the plant’s capacity from 4.7 million gallons per day (MGD) to 8 MGD and meet the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act as well as the State Primary Drinking Water Regulations.

         Hybrid Engineering, Inc. of Columbia serves as the project’s Engineer.  Hall Contracting Corporation of Charlotte, NC has been awarded a $3,232,446 contract to perform the expansion and improvements to the Water Treatment Plant.  Contour Mining & Construction, LLC of Columbia, SC has been awarded the Clearwater Lake Dam Repairs with a contract amount of $832,543; and the Clearwater Finishing Industrial WWTP Demolition & Closure contract for $671,533 has been awarded to Wiley Easton Construction Company, Inc. of Lexington, SC.  The design and construction of these projects is being funded through a USDA Rural Development (RD) loan and grant.

         Breezy Hill Water & Sewer Co., Inc., founded in 1968, is committed to providing safe, high quality water service to the community, while maintaining a standard of excellence in customer service and environmental conservation.