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PUBLIC NOTICES

ATTENTION: EAST RICHLAND COUNTY PUBLIC SERVICE DISTRICT

BE IT RESOLVED by the Commission of the East Richland County Public Service District ("District") that, having analyzed the need for additional revenues to meet its costs and expenses in providing sanitary sewer service to its customers, having determined the need for increased rates and charges to provide for additional revenue, having provided notice to its customers by publication and by mail to each customer of the public hearing set for June 16, 2022, and of its customers' rights under State law with respect to the District's lien for unpaid balances, and having conducted its public hearing to present to its customers the analysis of the District's need for an increase in sewer service charges and to hear any customer concerns regarding the reasonableness and validity of the proposed sewer service charges, the sewer service charges to be imposed by the District shall be set as follows effective for all billings on or after July 1, 2022.

RESIDENTIAL WASTEWATER USER RATES
USER CLASS BILLING UNIT CURRENT MONTHLY RATE MONTHLY RATE EFFECTIVE 07/01/22
RESIDENTIAL
Includes individual homes,
apartments, condominiums
and mobile homes
Per Dwelling $27.00 $30.00

COMMERCIAL WASTEWATER USER RATES
USER CLASS BILLING UNIT CURRENT MONTHLY RATE MONTHLY RATE EFFECTIVE 07/01/22
COMMERCIAL Residential Equivalent
Unit (REU) (1)
$27.00/REU $30.00/REU

(1) The minimum REU for an establishment is 1.0.

A copy of the District's rates shall be posted in a conspicous place in the District's offices.

2021 CENTRAL MIDLANDS HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN

The East Richland Public Service District (ERCPSD) is coordinating with Central Midlands Council of Governments (CMCOG) to amend the 2021 Central Midlands Hazard Mitigation Plan and become an official Plan participant in order to be eligible to apply for FEMA Disaster Mitigation funding. As part of the program application requirements and under the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, an eligible organization must communicate their Plan participation to the public and provide a list of natural hazard mitigation actions before being able to adopt a FEMA approved Hazard Mitigation Plan. Customers of ERCPSD and interested parties may read a copy of the draft mitigation action list for ERCPSD and the FEMA approved 2021 Central Midlands Hazard Mitigation Plan through the following link. Click Here

ATTENTION COMMERCIAL CUSTOMERS WITH GREASE TRAP INERCEPTORS

On September 13, 2013, during a routine inspection of a grease trap pump-out at one of our restaurant customers, the presence of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) was discovered. PCBs are a chemical that was widely utilized in the United States industry beginning in the 1940s. They were used in electrical equipment such as transformers. In 1979, the manufacture of PCBs was banned in the United States. PCBs continue to be phased out as the useful life of equipment using PCBs expire. The storage and disposal of PCBs is strictly regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

PCBs are banned as a result of concerns over environmental pollution and PCBs persistence in the environment. PCBs do not break down in the environment and tend to bio-accumulate in the food chain. There are health concerns related to long term exposure including increased cancer risk.

Since the discovery, the East Richland County Public Service District (ERCPSD) has checked each grease trap utilized by our primarily restaurant customers. As a result, no further contamination has been found. ERCPSD has also run tests at our treatment facilities as well as wet wells and pump stations, with no further contamination present. When PCBs are present, it will have a black, oily appearance with a strong diesel gas odor. If you discover PCBs please call DHEC’s toll free 24-hour emergency response line at 888-481-0125 immediately.

ERCPSD will continue to monitor all grease trap pump-out activity and be vigilant for any suspicious activity but we are asking our customers to help insure this dangerous chemical is not introduced into our wastewater system. ERCPSD suggest the following:

1. Know who you have contracted with to pump your grease trap. No other waste/septic hauler should have access to your grease trap manhole.

2. Please report any suspicious activity at a grease trap, manhole, or other location that has the potential for delivering wastewater to a treatment facility. To report illegal discharges, please contact ERCPSD at 803-788-6351 or you can contact Midlands Crime Stoppers at 888-CRIME-SC, or 911 immediately. To report tips or information that may be helpful in identifying the source(s) of these PCBs, please contact DHEC’s 24-hour emergency response line at 888-481-0125.

3. If you notice an unexpected black oily material which may have a petroleum odor in your grease trap, please notify ERCPSD at 803-788-6351 immediately.ERCPSD greatly appreciates your assistance as we deal with this illegal activity.We hope that this information will help you to be prepared in the event that you notice suspicious activity.