South Hartsville gets half a mil for water system upgrade

By Alisha Laventure - bio | email

HARTSVILLE, SC (WMBF) – Hartsville City Council will use a nearly $500,000 state grant to improve a water system serving more than 200 people.

The South Carolina Department of Commerce awarded the City of Hartsville a $474,000 community development block grant Tuesday afternoon. The money will be used to upgrade existing 2 inch galvanized water lines to 6 inch PVC lines.

"This will provide a super upgrade in quality for the residents because the lines, as they deteriorate, you have rusting and stuff on the inside," Public Service Director James Clemons said.

In addition to reducing sediment build-up, the new pipes will increase the water pressure.

"I think that's one of the best things they could've done actually," Jimmy Addison said.

He says his dishwasher and washer machines do not function as well as they should because his water pressure is so low.

"It comes in the house very slow. You could tell that it's not gushing like it used to be 20, 30 years ago," Addison added.

The city will use the block grant with $47,600 in local funds to make improve on six streets, including Brewer Avenue, James Avenue, Lincoln Avenue, Marion Avenue, Chaplin Circle and Pitt Street.

The improvements will impact 261 people in 98 households. Of the 261 affected, 245 are low-to-moderate income persons. The grant will also provide 10 new fire hydrants in the neighborhood.

"I think that will be great," said Tonya Jackson of Marion Avenue. "We had a couple fires around here, and that'll be good if they have easy access to fire hydrants."

The Hartsville Planning and Development Department says water flow will not be affected during the water system upgrade. The existing water lines will be removed after installation of the PVC lines is complete.

Many residents who will benefit from the upgrade say they would like to see the water bills go down, above all else.

The city will start begin taking bids from contractors in the next three to four months. They expect the project will take approximately one year to complete.

Upon completion, all water lines in Hartsville will consist of 6 inch PVC pipes.

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