Saluda to enforce water/sewer policy regarding wells

Published 12:47 pm Thursday, August 12, 2010

Saluda sewer customers who have wells will soon be asked either to place a meter on their wells or to pay the citys rate of 60 gallons per day per resident for sewage treatment.

Saluda City Council Monday asked city administrator Erny Williams to contact at least four sewer customers who are not on city water but have wells. Williams was directed to give those customers a choice of either placing a meter on their wells or paying the rate of 60 gallons per household member per day for their sewage service, according to the citys water and sewer policy.

Williams explained that the citys policy needs to be followed so the city knows what is being discharged into the system. He said this is needed to be sure state regulations for safe drinking water are met.

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The citys policy states that customers on city sewer must also be on city water, but officials said on Monday that clause was placed in there for new utilitiy customers. The customers now on sewer but not water were grandfathered in when the policy was started.

The customers will be contacted and asked to meet with Williams regarding their options. Officials estimated that installing a well meter will cost about $2,500, which the homeowner will be required to pay for.