Bamberg Utility Wins Top Award
The "Wastewater System of the Year" award is based upon overall performance, compliance with S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control regulations and system upgrades, said Bruce Ellis, BPW general manager. He attributes the BPW's success to the fact that, "We've got a good crew. We just run it like a business, and we've had some good elected officials who've helped us with that."
The Board of Public Works spent $2.5 million "out of pocket for pre-treatment upgrades, main lift station upgrades and BOD treatment," Ellis said. Through the city of Bamberg, the BPW also obtained approximately $1 million in federal and state grants that will allow it to treat wastewater from Rockland Industries, which accounts for about 40 percent of the utility's treatment capabilities, separately from the rest of the wastewater it treats. We're in the process of letting the bid out for contract. The project should be completed within 12 months," Ellis said.
The BPW currently has the capability to treat 1 million gallons a day, he said. With an eye to the future needs and growth of the area, Ellis said the Board of Public Works is exploring the possibility of a regional wastewater treatment facility that would serve the cities of Bamberg and Denmark and Bamberg County's industrial park on U.S. 78 between the two municipalities.
"Without that, we have no capabilities to treat waste for an industry (at the industrial park)," Ellis said. "That's a dead-end road with no wastewater treatment. Denmark (wastewater treatment plant) is already at capacity." Ellis currently serves as secretary-treasurer of the S.C. Rural Water Association.
BPW Wins Water System of the Year Award
BPW Chosen as
Pilot Utility for Qualserve Project
Prior to the BPW serving as the test utility for the application of the QualServe program for small utilities, the QualServe program had been used exclusively by utilities serving greater than 5,000 connections. The Bamberg Board of Public Works was chosen from many well qualified utilities in North and South Carolina.
QualServe provided the BPW with an intensive self-assessment, peer-review program that looked at water and wastewater operations, leadership, business operations and customer relations. The program took approximately 5 months to complete and was wrapped up with a presentation on the pilot project at the S.C. Environmental Conference in March, 2000.
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