Water Plants

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 20 deep wells, to 5 major water plants for processing before it is pumped to the distribution system and eight 500,000 gallons elevated water tanks for consumption.

The Water Plants team also operates and maintains 5 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 pumped, treated, and distributed 4,213,674,000 gallons of potable water during 2013. The average daily consumption was 11,544,312 gallons and the highest amount of 16,455,000 gallons was consumed on July 15, 2014. The staff of the Water Plants 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 contact Charles Glasscho, Director of Utilities at (803) 481-4177 or Allen Catoe, Superintendent of Water Plants at (803) 436-2595.

Water Plant Statistics

  • Largest groundwater system in South Carolina
  • Water is pulled from Black Creek and Middendorf Aquifers
  • Operate and maintain 5 treatment plants in the City with a total of 20 wells and 8 elevated water tanks.
  • Well flows range from 700 GPM to 2000 GPM.
  • Operate and maintain 5 county water systems with a total of 10 wells and 5 elevated water tanks.
  • Total City Water Storage capacity
  • Elevated Tanks – 4,000,000 gallons
  • Underground Clearwells – 5,000,000 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