On July 19, 2016, Aiken County Council requested that portions of Aiken County be designated as a Capacity Use Area.
DHEC has since reviewed previously published reports on local groundwater conditions by the DNR and USGS in conjunction with reported groundwater withdrawal data for the counties of this region (Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Lexington, and Orangeburg) to assess the current groundwater conditions in the area. This review indicates that water level declines in these aquifer systems are being influenced by an increase in groundwater use that have reduced recharge to the aquifer systems.
The preliminary data in this report is provided here to facilitate the gathering of public input and any additional data or information that will help inform the potential designation of these counties as the Western Capacity Use Area.
DHEC will host a series of stakeholder meetings and a public hearing to gather input and additional information concerning the potential designation of a new capacity use area.
The designation of a Capacity Use Area would require DHEC Board approval. The anticipated date of the presentation to the Board for consideration is October 12, 2017.