The Water Plants Division of the Utilities Department has the overall responsibility of treating and supplying potable water for residential, industrial, and commercial use. Sufficient water must also be available for firefighting. The Water Plants operation team consists of 15 members; a superintendent, an assistant superintendent, a facilities manager, 7 operators, a lab technician, and 4 laborers. The team pumps water from the ground, using 23 deep wells, to 6 major water plants for processing before it is pumped to the distribution system and eight 500,000-gallon elevated water tanks for consumption.
The Water Plants team also operates and maintains 4 smaller systems that provide water to its respective community. We own and operate the Rembert Water System, the Mayesville Water System, and the Wessex Water System. We operate and maintain the Dalzell Water System and the Oswego Rural Water Company. The City of Sumter supplies water to the Oswego Rural Water Company.
The department pumps, treats, and distributes more than 5 billion gallons of potable water each year with an average daily consumption of 12 million gallons. Water Plant staff operated and ensured maintenance of the major plants for the City’s water system and all of the numerous associated wells and elevated tanks, meeting federal and state water quality standards throughout the year.
For information about the Water Plants, please call (803) 481-4177 or (803) 436-2595.
Water Plant Statistics
- Largest groundwater system in South Carolina
- Water is pulled from Black Creek and Middendorf Aquifers
- Operate and maintain 6 treatment plants in the City with a total of 23 wells and 8 elevated water tanks.
- Well flows range from 700 GPM to 2000 GPM.
- Operate and maintain 4 county water systems with a total of 7 wells and 4 elevated water tanks.
- Total City Water Storage Capacity:
- Elevated Tanks – 4 million gallons
- Underground Clearwells – 6.5 million gallons
- Certified operators on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- Quality control tests are performed every 2-4 hours
- The City operates a State Certified Approved Lab for testing procedures