Denial of Carolina Water Service NPDES Permit
UPDATE : On February 1, 2018, the CWS/I-20 facility was acquired by the Town of Lexington. On February 28, 2018, the Town connected the flow from this system to its nearby sewer system via a temporary pumping system -- which takes the flow to Cayce for final treatment and discharge. Therefore, the discharge to the Saluda River has ceased. The Town intends to keep this system operational until a permanent pumping system is designed and installed.
The Department of Health and Environmental Control on August 1, 2016, denied renewal of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for the Carolina Water Service (CWS), Inc., I-20 Wastewater Treatment Plant in Lexington County.
To protect public health and ensure uninterrupted service for the plant's 2,000 customers, DHEC also issued administrative orders directing the Town of Lexington and CWS to develop a coordinated transition plan to safely shut down the facility and eliminate wastewater discharge into the Saluda River.
Read the full news release here.
- Copy of the permit denial.
- Copy of the administrative order to the Town of Lexington.
- Copy of the administrative order to CWS.
Updates on Carolina Water Service I-20 Wastewater Treatment Plant
- July 8, 2016 - Notice of Violation
- Sept. 4, 2015 - News Release: Notice of Intent to Deny
- Sept. 4, 2015 - Public Notice of Intent to Deny
- Aug. 31, 2015 - News Release: DHEC issues statement on CWS
- Aug. 24, 2015 - News Release: DHEC to hold public hearing
- July 7, 2015 - Notice of Violation
- June 30, 2015 - Compliance Evaluation Inspection
- June 11, 2015 - Compliance Evaluation Inspection
- May 6, 2014 - Notice of Violation
- April 14, 2014 - Compliance Sampling Inspection Response