In 2017, Ni invested $80 million in improvements to its Palmetto Utilities system including:
- Expansion of Spears Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant’s capacity (in Kershaw County near Columbia) from 6 million gallons per day to 12 million gallons per day to accommodate additional flow resulting from high new customer growth. This facility has been recognized by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) as one of the most efficient in the state.
- Improving the treatment process at the Spears Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in order to meet stricter environmental limits now and during the life of the newly expanded plant;
- Construction of a new pipeline to connect the Palmetto Richland County customers to the Spears Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant and to serve Palmetto Utilities customers;
- Construction of a new pipeline to transition the release of treated effluent from the Spears Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant from land application to discharge into the Wateree River, in accordance with South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) requirements; and,
- Identification and elimination of sources of leaks into the system, which reduces spills, reduces pumping costs, reduces treatment costs, and prevents investment in unnecessary capacity.
- In February 2016, as a demonstration of our commitment to minimize operator errors, Pacolet Milliken Enterprises hired a new company to operate and manage all of its sewer facilities. To date, this company has demonstrated that it is a responsible operator/manager.