Funds will provide clean drinking water for Society Hill area

Citizens in the rural area close to Society Hill are receiving a $300,000 check to provide clean drinking water, the Darlington County Water & Sewer Authority says.

The current water supply is furnished by wells that yield a high iron content, the agency said in a statement. The water is safe to drink, but is not clear to look at and discolors light-colored clothing when washed.

The community began the quest for clean drinking water 15 years ago. Due to the small number of people and rural location it was very difficult to obtain funding to serve the citizens, the agency said.

Finally, “we were able to get a break” when state Sen. Gerald Malloy was able to secure a $300,000 check from the state’s general appropriations bill.

“Without the efforts of Sen. Malloy, this project would not have been possible,” the agency said.

Total project cost is $499,858, with the Darlington County Water & Sewer Authority funding $199,858.

The project is to be completed in February.

A presentation will be held Jan. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Darlington County Water & Sewer Authority’s Sen. Gerald Malloy Administrative Complex at 131 Industrial Way, Darlington.

Author: Rachel Howell

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