Thursday, January 17, 2013
Summerville CPW Manager, Charlie Cuzzell, was the guest speaker at the Summerville Oakbrook Rotary Club on Monday morning, giving a water and wastewater overview to the civic club.
“People are surprised to learn that the Commissioners of Public of Works for the Town of Summerville has been around since 1930 when it was established in Summerville to provide water services. A decade later, in 1941, Summerville CPW was authorized by a referendum to provide sewer services,” he said.
Cuzzell also provided information regarding the current level of services provided by CPW. “There are 24,355 customers using about 8 million gallon of water a day that we service, along with 18,840 customers that we provide with wastewater services, using around 5 million gallons of capacity each day,” he said.
Charlie explained how Summerville CPW buys water from the Lake Marion Water Agency, distributes the water through its 386 miles of pipe in Summerville and nearby areas. This flow is controlled by CPW’s 7,151 valves and measured by its 25,000 water meters.
He also explained how the wastewater system operates using its 243 miles of pipe to collect, treat, and discharge its treated effluent into the Ashley River. He noted that there are a number of other water and wastewater agencies that serve the general Summerville area.
Mr. Cuzzell concluded his remarks as he explained that Summerville CPW structure is governed by three elected commissioners: Joseph E. Meacham, Stephen W. Mueller, and George L. Tupper, III.