The Wastewater Division of the Utilities Department is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Pocotaligo Wastewater Treatment Plant. This plant receives the wastewater from residential, commercial, and industrial users. The wastewater plant is operated to reduce the pollutants in the water before it is discharged to the Pocotaligo River. The plant also converts sludge, a byproduct of the treatment process, into a low-grade marketable fertilizer and soil conditioner. The Wastewater operation team consists of 24 members; a superintendent, an assistant superintendent, a pretreatment manager, a chemist, a lab technician, 2 lead operators, 4 biosolids operators, 8 shift operators, and 5 laborers.
The Wastewater team is also responsible for the operation and maintenance of a small community sewage plant (Mayesville Sewage Plant).
The department collected, treated, and discharged 3,356,300,000 gallons of wastewater during the year. The average amount treated and discharged daily was 9,195,000 gallons, and the highest amount, 16,340,000 gallons, was discharged on March 8, 2014. Pocotaligo Wastewater Treatment Facility produced and sold 1,095 tons of PocoNite for use as a low-grade fertilizer, and received 2,480,000 gallons of hauled waste from septic tanks and sludge from smaller sewage treatment plants in Sumter County during the year of 2014. The City has 24 permitted industries in its EPA mandated Industrial Pretreatment Program. Eleven of the industries are required to operate their own wastewater pretreatment system before discharging to the City.
For information about the Wastewater Plant, please contact Mr. Charles Glasscho, Director of Utilities at (803) 481-4177 or Mr. Gary Corbett, Superintendent of Sewer Plant at (803) 481-4677.