PAMPLICO, SC (WMBF) - Water quality will soon improve in one town, as construction began on a new water tower.
The Town of Pamplico has been waiting for work to begin since the town's water troubles began in 2009.
"To build the water tank was $1.2 million, so we would have never been able to do this project. Small town without this working out the way it has," Mayor Gene Gainey said.
Back in 2009, the Department of Health and Environmental Control condemned one of the town's water tanks after lead paint was found to be tampering drinking water.
Water that schools, housing projects and the Pamplico community depends on.
Mayor Gainey said there was no funding available in the town's budget to fix that tank.
For five years now, and with no back up water tank, Pamplico has been running on one tank taxing the town's water supply.
"If that tank would have gone down then we would have not been able to maintain enough water pressure to make sure everyone had water," Gainey said
But thanks to Florence County's second capital sales project, the town broke ground on a new tank.
Construction crews are already starting work on the new tank, which is going up in the Hyman Community just outside of Pamplico Town Limits.
Pamplico Mayor Gene Gainey said without a grant from the state and funding from Florence County second Penny Sales Project, the town would never be receiving this much needed water tower.
"We would not have been able to supply water to this community," Gainey said
County Councilman Roger Poston says "The passage of Penny Tax is helping all of your rural areas, your fire departments, and your water. Pamplico could not afford water to this community," Florence County Councilman Roger Poston said
The tower should be up and running next year.