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L-EWA approves clearwell repair project during meeting
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The Lugoff-Elgin Water Authority (L-EWA) board unanimously approved a $150,192 repair project at the authority’s water treatment plant during its meeting Thursday. The project calls for improvements to a leaking clearwell tank, which would involve repairs of pits and holes, sandblasting, and recoating the tank inside and out.

After receiving a recommendation from the authority’s engineering firm Brown and Caldwell, the board awarded the project to Southern Corrosion, Inc., a tank services company based in Roanoke Rapids, N.C.

L-EWA General Manager Mike Hancock said requests for proposals were actually sent to five different companies, but only one bid was received, and L-EWA Attorney Jay Bender clarified that bid requirements were still satisfied since the organization sent requests to multiple companies.

“I think acceptance of this bid would be appropriate. The engineer also recommends proceeding with this company so that would indicate the company is competent to do the work,” Bender said.   

Hancock anticipates the project will be completed likely by the beginning of May at the latest.

“The contract says the work will be substantially complete within 60 days after the date when the contract times commence,” he said. “We’ll sign the documents next week sometime and then we’re looking at two months from there essentially.”   

The problem at the clearwell tank, he explained, has persisted for several months. Last October, the board unanimously approved an $89,000 bid from Lugoff-based Conder Construction for piping improvements and a conditions assessment of the tank. The purpose of the project was to remove a hydraulic bottleneck and evaluate the structural integrity and the extent of repairs needed. The analysis revealed that the structural condition of the tank was generally good, but did require some restoration.

Hancock said the tank was leaking about 11 gallons a minute and causing an erosion problem at the site. In a memo to Hancock, Brown and Caldwell indicated that if the tank is repaired, refurbished, and regularly inspected, it can be expected to serve the L-EWA for years. The firm also estimated that if a new tank of equal size was constructed, it would cost about $750,000.

In other business Thursday, Hancock noted construction materials needed for a project at Brookside and Wildwood West in Elgin have been delivered and that construction can begin soon. The project would allow water to be run to potential customers in Elgin just west of the Laurel Ridge subdivision.

Also, work on the water treatment plant’s sludge pond is underway, he said. The sludge pond, which serves as a repository for water treatment leftovers, needs to be cleaned out. During the board’s Dec. 6 meeting, the board unanimously agreed to allow Hancock to contract with Bio-Nomics, a sludge and liquid waste management company based in Charlotte, N.C., to provide dredging, dewatering, and sludge disposal from the sludge pond. The company outbid two others for the project, estimated to cost $150,480.

Hancock also indicated a scholarship created by the board during their Jan. 10 meeting is now available. The scholarship is open to any student from an L-EWA tapholder household applying for or accepted as a first-year student by an accredited college, university or technical school. Scholarship details and applications are available at the L-EWA’s website,, and at the organization’s office, 88 Boulware Road in Lugoff. The application deadline is March 28.

The board also unanimously approved December’s financial report and an updated water report. The L-EWA board meets the first Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. The meetings are open to the public and are held at the L-EWA’s office.