Wastewater Plant


All used water (wastewater) from homes, businesses and industries in Sumter is treated at the Pocotaligo

Wastewater Treatment Plant. Pocotaligo WWTP is

designed to treat 24,000,000 gallons daily, and uses air and microbes (small bugs) to cleanup the water before it is returned to the environment. Our permit at the current time is 18,000,000 per day for discharge to the Pocotaligo.


The plant is operated by State-Certified, City of Sumter-employed biological wastewater treatment plant operators around the clock.


South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) regulates and monitors the treated wastewater through a NPDES Permit that protects the ecosystem of the receiving stream.


Produces PocoNite (biosolids), a by-product of the wastewater treatment is recycled as a soil conditioner or low-grade organic fertilizer. It is marketed throughout the southeast by Howard Fertilizer Company located in Florida and locally by Sumter Machinery.


Pocotaligo Plant operates an in-house SCDHEC certified laboratory for testing the treated wastewater and biosolids for quality assurance.


An Industrial Pretreatment Program issues process wastewater discharge permits and monitors industries as mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and regulated by the SCDHEC.


For information about the Wastewater Plant please contact Mr. Charles Glasscho or Mr. Gary Corbett at        (803) 481-4177 or (803) 481-4677