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L-EWA earns AWOP award

Posted: December 3, 2010 4:43 p.m.
Updated: December 6, 2010 5:00 a.m.

The Lugoff-Elgin Water Authority has been awarded the Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP) Achievement Award for 2009, given by the S.C. Department of Health and Environment Control to water providers across the state.

Mike Hancock, L-EWA’s general manager, said the award is a validation of the great work from his staff.

“This just verifies the dedication of our employees, and our commitment to providing quality water to our customers,” said Hancock. “

According the state DHEC website, AWOP was established in 1997 as an effort “to optimize the performance of existing surface water treatment facilities.  The goal of the program is to optimize particle removal and disinfection at all filtration plants to maximize public health protection.  AWOP was originally focused on microbial contaminants, but has expanded to include a disinfectant byproducts component. “

Optimization reduces the risk of a waterborne disease outbreak, according to DHEC.

L-EWA has been honored with the award numerous times since its inception, though Hancock couldn’t recall from memory the specific years. They were not awarded AWOP in 2008.

Other business

• S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster wrote a letter to the authority as to summarize the settlement between South Carolina and North Carolina in the inter-basin transfer dispute.

L-EWA Board of Directors Chairman Vince Halter pointed out that McMaster praised Jay Bender for his assistance in the case, by helping to prepare an oral argument of the intervention issue before the Supreme Court.

McMaster described the settlement by saying “both North and South Carolina will be close neighbors rather than a plaintiff and defendant in a lawsuit.”

“The settlement also insures ‘due process’ to all citizens in the Catawba Basin if an application for a new IBT in either state is made,” McMaster wrote.

• Halter also made note that the October financial summary – the latest month which is available – showed that at the 33 percent mark for the fiscal year, revenue was at 37 percent of what was budgeted and expense at 33 percent.


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