TIMMONSVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA (WMBF)
- The end to Timmonsville's poor water conditions is in sight. On Wednesday,
the mayor of Timmonsville said there are a few legal issues that have to be
taken care of before Florence can fully take over the town's water system.
"We still have some legal proceedings we have
to go through in order for it to be completed," Said Mayor Darrick Jackson.
Jackson said some of those legal
proceedings include filling paper work with D.H.E.C. and the E.P.A, and
deciding whether or not to also transfer the towns' sanitation over to the
city. Those legal issues could take several months to get done.
"I'm very appreciative that the people
realized that the town's water system needed to be rehabilitated," said Mayor
Mayor Jackson said he is grateful
that the people of Timmonsville supported the town's administration by voting
on Tuesday to turn the water system over to the City of Florence. He said the
vote was 397 in favor, and 48 against. More than 1,200 people were eligible to
"I hope they are going to do what they said
they will do, so that we can get this problem fixed," said Charlie Gunn.
Gunn is just one of the many who
were in favor of the towns' water being turned over to the city.
Florence City Manager Drew Griffin
said that after all legal documentation is taken care of, the first
improvement will be made on an existing well that needs updated.
Griffin said those updates will
take around $400,000 to fix. One of the problems with the well is a filter that
is not filtering out iron from the water.
Griffin added that once the filter
is fixed, it should rid the water of the rusty color and bad smell that many Timmonsville
residents have been complaining about.
Mayor Jackson said turning the
towns water over to the city is one of the first steps in moving Timmonsville
"We truly appreciated this vote," Mayor
Jackson continued. "Me, as mayor, and this administration was extremely
concerned with public safety, and that's what we want them to know. We are here
to help them. I was concerned with public safety."
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