If you have any questions or concerns, please contact City of Sumter Public Services at 803-436-2558.

Wastewater Division

The Wastewater Division of the Utilities Department is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Pocotaligo Wastewater Treatment Plant.  The plant receives wastewater from residential, commercial, and industrial users in Sumter and Mayesville. The plant is operated to treat the wastewater before it is discharged to the Pocotaligo River.   The plant also converts sludge, a byproduct the treatment process, into a low-grade marketable soil enhancer.  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 department collects, treats and discharges close to 5 billion gallons of wastewater each year.  The Pocotaligo Wastewater Treatment Facility produces and sells over 1,000 tons of PocoNite for use as a soil ehancer, and receives over 2,000,000 gallons of hauled waste from septic tanks and sludge from smaller sewage treatment plants in Sumter County each year.  The City has over 20 permitted industries in its EPA mandated Industrial Pretreatment Program.

What is PocoNite?

Walt Beard
Director of Utilities
(803) 481-4677

Sewer Division

The sewer division maintains the sanitary sewer distribution systems which handle wastewater from residents, apartment complexes, commercial businesses, hospitals and industries. This includes 24-hour response to customer problems and emergency repairs. Work includes installation and repair of residential, commercial and industrial taps, mainlines, trunk lines and force mains; installation and repair of manholes, cleanouts, etc. Our camera crew works full-time to visually inspect, record and map our existing system and new systems prior to our taking them into perpetual maintenance; this crew insures we meet the requirements of the SCDHEC for reporting of overflows and the Infiltration and Inspection Program.

Repairs & Concerns
Sewer concerns consist of sewer stoppages, sewer main breaks, sewer service line breaks, sewer line locations, sewer tap schedules, manhole top replacements, manhole locations, and manhole installation.

For information about any repairs please contact (803) 436-2558