City moving forward with water, sewer projects

Charles Warner Editor

December 20, 2013

UNION — The City of Union is another step closer to beginning work on $4.8 million worth of water and sewer upgrades.

Union City Council voted unanimously this week to approve second and final reading of two ordinance authorizing the city to borrow more than $3.5 million from the State Revolving Fund. The funds, together with grants and municipal funding, will be used to finance a number of improvement project designed to upgrade section of the city water and sewer systems which date to late 19th and early 20th centuries, respectively.

Established in 1898, the city’s water system, which includes 183 miles of water lines and the infrastructure to move and purify water, is 115 years old. The sewer system, which includes 123 miles of sewer collector lines and the infrastructure to process and move waster was, is approximately 96 years old having been established in 1917.


One ordinance approved this week authorizes the city to borrow up to $2,024,234 from the SRF’s Water Pollution Control Revolving Loan Fund. The loan will be used to help fund eight sewer system improvement projects which are projected to cost a total of $3,616,648. Those projects include:

• Buffalo Mill Village Phase III which involves the construction of approximately 4,275 linear feet of 8-inch sewer line in the Buffalo Mill Village.

• Monarch Mill Village Phase II which involves the construction of approximately 2,850 linear feet of eight-inch sewer line.

• Industrial Park Road sewer outfall.

• General improvements to the system.

• Upgrades to the Tosch Creek waste water pump station.

• Upgrades to the Railroad Street pump station.

• Ottaray Mill Village Phase II which will involve the construction of approximately 1,490 linear feet of eight-inch sewer line along parts of Second and Third streets.

• Rehabilitation of the sewer system in the McBeth Street area.

The balance of the cost will be covered with three Community Development Block Grants totaling $1,202,584 and $389,830 in city funds.

While these are city projects, Union County applied for and obtained the grants for the Buffalo and Ottaray projects on the city’s behalf.


The other ordinance approved this week authorizes the city to borrow up $1,235,512 from the SRF’s Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund to finance the four water system improvement projects including:

• Replacement of filter control consoles at the water plant that are more than 60 years old with new digital controls.

• Replacement of 16 valves that are more than 50 years old, 13 fire hydrants, and galvanized pipe on Williams, Louise, Oak, and Mill streets that are more than 40 years old.

• Replacement of water lines in the Monarch area on Hancock and Munro streets. This is the water system portion of Monarch Mill Village Phase II.

These projects are projected to cost $673,649 which the city will obtain from the SRF at an interest rate of 1.9 percent for 20 years.

The fourth project involves the replacement of 2,300 water meters that are more than 25 years old at a project cost of $561,863. This project, however, is considered a green project which will allow the city to obtain the loan at an interest rate of 1 percent for 20 years.

The new meters will each have a remote read component which will enable city utility workers to read them from the road without going on a customer’s property. The meters to be replaced are the last ones on the city system that do not have the remote read component.

Editor Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 14, or by email at cwarner@civitasmedia.com.