Thursday, May 23, 2013
A grant from the Rural Infrastructure Authority means Dorchester County will be able to bring water to the Harleyville area.
That’s good for municipalities in the upper part of the county as well as the industry the county hopes to one day attract, Councilman George Bailey said.
The authority announced this week it granted $1.56 million to the Lake Marion Regional Water Agency to go toward a $1.8 million project to extend water lines from Holly Hill to Harleyville.
Dorchester and Orangeburg counties will work on securing the difference in cost so the Army Corps of Engineers and Santee Cooper can begin in June to acquire easements and finish the design, County Administrator Jason Ward said.
The county wants to eventually bring water to I-95 and to the Winding Wood industrial park on U.S. 78, Bailey said.
Winding Wood is bisected by U.S. 78 – the eastern side will get water from the Dorchester County Water Authority, but the western side is outside the authority’s service area, Bailey said.
Water is a key component of economic development efforts.
“We’re very blessed to get this money,” Bailey said.