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DHEC to hold Public Meeting in Columbia to Discuss Groundwater Capacity Use


March 30, 2018

DHEC to hold Public Meeting in Columbia to Discuss Groundwater Capacity Use

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) will host a public meeting Monday, April 9 to provide residents and stakeholders the opportunity to ask questions and discuss groundwater withdrawal data for the potential designation of a new capacity use area.

The meeting will be held in DHEC's Peeple's Auditorium, located at 2600 Bull Street in Columbia. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. Registered groundwater withdrawers, local governments, organizations and other interested parties are invited to participate in the discussion.

The meeting is being held as part of a series to discuss the preliminary assessment of groundwater conditions in the proposed Western Capacity Use Area, which includes Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Lexington and Orangeburg counties.

The Groundwater Use and Reporting Program issues Groundwater Use Withdrawal Permits to all groundwater systems located in a designated Capacity Use Area. Groundwater withdrawal permits are required to withdraw and use groundwater equal to or greater than three million gallons in any month in the counties in these areas.

More information about DHEC's Capacity Use Program can be found on DHEC's website.


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