Bamberg has a
unique asset that means real savings and reliable service to our residents and industries
alike. The Bamberg Board of Public Works is one of the top-rated municipal
utilities. Bamberg BPW is so efficient and so cost-conscious that the utility can
offer electricity, natural gas, water, and wastewater treatment at some of the lowest
rates in the state. Not only that, but through the Bamberg BPW Board's foresight and
long-range planning, current and prospective industries can rest assured the City of
Bamberg will be a host with ample water and treatment capacity to meet their future needs.
The administrative offices of the Board of Public Works
are located at 619 North Main Street in Bamberg. These offices are located in the
City Hall building. The Clerk/Treasurer serves in that capacity for both the City of
Bamberg and the Board of Public Works. The salaries of the Clerk/Treasurer and
clerks in the office are paid in part by the City of Bamberg and the Board of Public
Works. The Board of Public Works has an annual operating budget of over 5 million
Board of Public Works water system consists of seven (7) wells, four elevated tanks with
1,175,000 gallons of storage capacity and miles of main. The Board of Public Works
water system serves the incorporated area of Bamberg and on Hwy. 78 west to the Bamberg
County Industrial Park and on Hwy. 78 east to the Midway Community. Major upgrades
to the Water Treatment Plant were completed in 1976 with minor upgrades continuing in the
interim. The Board of Public Works utilizes iron removal units as well as the
addition of a polyphosphate solution, fluoride and chlorine to treat water from the wells.
Water Treatment Plant #1 is located at 117 West Elm Street. Water Treatment
Plant #2 is located at 337 New Bridge Street.
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Drinking Water Report.
The Board of Public Works Wastewater Treatment Plant is permitted for 1
million gallons per day of sanitary and industrial waste. Major improvements to the
Wastewater Treatment Plant were completed in 1978. The Wastewater Treatment Plant is
an aerated lagoon system. The Board of Public Works utilizes more than 225 acres of
spray-fields for land application of effluent from the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
This facility is located off of Highway 32.
Board of Public Works is one of only 21 municipal power systems in the state of South
Carolina. The Board of Public Works is one of only 2 municipal systems that
purchases electricity from the SC Public Service Authority (Santee Cooper).
Electricity from Santee Cooper is distributed through the Board of Public Works Substation
that is located at the corner of Elm Street and Calhoun Street. Board of Public
Works electric rates are consistently among the lowest in the state.
gas is the newest of utilities offered by the Board of Public Works. The natural gas
system was constructed and began service in the early 1960's. With the other
utilities pretty much limited to the incorporated area of Bamberg, natural gas has seen
rapid growth in number of customers and service territory. The Board of Public Works
natural gas system has over 70 miles of main.
The Board of Public Works serves Bamberg , Cope and the
western side of Cordova. Natural gas mains extend from 5 miles south of Bamberg on
Hwy. 301 to the junction of Hwy. 70 and Hwy. 301 in Orangeburg county. The Board of
Public Works also has mains from Hwy. 78 west of Bamberg at the Bamberg County Industrial
Park to the Midway Community 5 miles east of Bamberg on Hwy. 78. The Board of Public
Works purchases natural gas from S.C. Pipeline Corporation.