Vaughn Creek Raw Water Line Replacement

January 8th, 2019

“Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation.” Zig Ziglar

Over four thousand people in the city of Landrum, SC, rely on raw water coming from an intake on Hog Back Mountain and Vaughn Creek. The Vaughn Creek raw water main, an 8-inch cement pipe, was originally constructed in the early 1950s making the pipe over 65 years old, and in recent years has encountered at least ten line failures. Knowing that failure of this main would be catastrophic for local residents, the water main has been tagged as a high priority for replacement by the local utility, Spartanburg Water System (SWS). Since this determination was made, SWS has been proactively working to program the replacement of this critical asset into their capital improvement planning process.

SWS originally deemed this project ineligible for state funding due to their economic tier, and when the project was identified, that conclusion would have been correct. However, things are constantly changing in the funding arena, and the WK Dickson team, including our Director of Strategic Funding and Regulatory Issues Angie Mettlen, was able to revisit the project’s criteria based on new guidelines and assist SWS with their SC Rural Infrastructure application. Angie is routinely involved in the scoping of new projects to help determine any possible eligibility in funding. She knows how to present a project during the application process to give it the best chance of funding and is well aware that even the biggest utilities sometimes need help with funding gaps to make sure critical projects don’t get pushed to the back burner for lack of financial resources.

As of November 6, 2018, SWS has been notified that they have received the maximum funding allowed for this type of project - $500,000 – which will cover roughly one-third of the project’s projected cost.

The new main, consisting of approximately 9,000 LF of 8-inch ductile iron pipe, is anticipated to have a life expectancy of well over 50 years providing a reliable, long-term raw water supply for the Landrum water system and its residents.

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