Published Oct. 11, 2012
Cayce’s new wastewater treatment plant is up and running, the result of more than a decade of collaboration by local municipalities.
The 25 million gallon-per-day facility replaces the old wastewater plant, built in the early 1970s, and offers the latest technology to protect the environment, city officials said.
The facility is designed to meet the wastewater needs of the region for the next 30 years.
On Wednesday night, city of Cayce leaders completed a resolution outlining how costs will be shared with the facility’s customers: the town of Lexington and the Joint Municipal Water and Sewer Commission, which serves the central and southern unincorporated areas of Lexington County.
The three parties signed an amendment to the Wastewater Services Agreement, setting up a formula for how operating costs will be divided. The amendment is the result of negotiation over two years.
Cayce City Manager Rebecca Rhodes said the new agreement will help Cayce handle the costs of operating the new plant, while also being fair to purchasers of its services.
“We worked hard to come up with an equitable approach that divides the direct and indirect costs of operating the facility among the purchasers and reflects the unique demands placed on the system by each party,” Rhodes said.
Cayce Mayor Elise Partin said the new wastewater plan is a major step in driving economic development and jobs in the county.
Lexington Mayor Randy Halfacre agreed.
“I am proud that we have laid the foundation for economic prosperity in Lexington County for the next 30-plus years. Also, this agreement allows us to stabilize our rate structure for the foreseeable future,” Halfacre said.