DCWSA Building dedicated to Sen. Malloy
By Samantha Lyles, Staff Writer, email@example.com
The Darlington County Water and Sewer Authority held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, March 2, and formally dedicated their new facility to longtime DCWSA supporter Senator Gerald Malloy.
Their new 8400 square-foot facility cost $1.9 million, and boasts a drive-thru window for convenient payments, a larger lobby with seating area, public restrooms, and handicap accessibility.
“It took us forty-seven years to reach this point, with personal sacrifices by many,” said DCSWA general manager Frank Hough. “We began in 1971 with a few acres of land and a modular house. Both were donated to us. As our customer base grew and time passed, we added on to our modular home to more than double the size.”
Hough said that further expansion became necessary due to evolving customer demands for convenience and accessibility.
“We decided to invest in a facility that would solve our problems and meet both current and future consumer demands,” said Hough.
With DCWSA’s main office functions relocated to the new building at 131 Industrial Road, their former facility at 1701 Harry Byrd Hwy has been converted to office space for maintenance crews. The old office can also be used as an alternate headquarters in case of a natural disaster.
“We look forward to providing our customers with the excellent customer service they deserve from their Water and Sewer Authority,” said Tyrone Lynn, Board of Directors chairman. “We strive to do that, and to provide you with safe, clean drinking water.”
Hough said that when the Board was considering to whom they should dedicate the new building, the choice was clear.
“Senator Gerald Malloy took an interest in the Water and Sewer Authority when he first was elected to office. He is present at our annual planning sessions and provides guidance and updates on any legislation that pertains to the water industry. He is there helping as we face many complex issues,” said Hough.
The formal name for the building is the Darlington County Water and Sewer Authority Senator Gerald Malloy Administrative Complex.
Malloy and his family were on hand for the reception and ribbon cutting, and the senator thanked Hough and the DCWSA Board members for all their hard work on behalf of the Authority and the people of the county.
“I will say this – it is probably the best run board that we have in Darlington County,” said Malloy.
DCWSA Board Members include Tyrone Lynn (chairman), Rollins Culpepper, Elbert Warren, Jeronell Bradley, Robert Griggs, and Evans Gilliard.