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This Infrastructure Week, We Celebrate MetroConnects’ Contributions

May 15, 2024

Infrastructure Week Celebrates Historic Investments

Infrastructure is everywhere. From our roads, to our electricity lines to our wastewater systems, it is the stuff that gets us through each day with ease. And, usually, it is the stuff we don’t have to think about much! This Infrastructure Week, MetroConnects would like to take a minute to celebrate the work we have been doing and continue to do to keep wastewater infrastructure that way  — out of sight and out of mind!

Mills Mill Village Ribbon Cutting

Among our big plans this year are several Mill Village sewer replacement and rehabilitation projects. We have broken ground in the Mills Mill Village area, where we will be replacing and relocating deteriorating lines with 13,000 linear feet of new 15-inch sewer pipe and adding 79 new manholes. The project will also rehabilitate approximately 1,500 linear feet of existing 8-inch sewer lines and seven manholes. This project is funded largely through South Carolina Infrastructure Investment Program (SCIIP) funds, which come from federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) monies. Ten million dollars of these grants was allocated to MetroConnects from the Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA), with an additional $1.5 million allocated by Greenville County Council.

More Improvements to Come

We are excited to continue this critical infrastructure work in other Mill Villages, replacing aging clay pipes that have far surpassed their useful lives. The sewer replacement projects will prevent excess Inflow & Infiltration (I&I) of storm water and groundwater from entering the sewer system through cracks in the deteriorating pipes. Excess I&I can potentially overwhelm the sewer pipes, forcing wastewater up through manholes, causing Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs) that flood streets and easements with contaminated water. Furthermore, cracks in these 100-year-old pipes can leak wastewater, potentially contaminating groundwater and other nearby water sources.

In addition to the Mills Mill Village sewer replacement and rehabilitation project, MetroConnects will soon begin replacement and rehabilitation in the Dunean Mill Village area and the Union Bleachery Mill Village area. These projects are also funded largely by grants, as MetroConnects makes every effort to reduce ratepayers’ burden for infrastructure repair. Like the Mills Mill Village project, the Dunean project received $10 million in SCIIP grants allocated by RIA, and an additional $1.5 million from Greenville County Council. In 2022, MetroConnects was awarded $4 million in Congressionally Directed Spending for the Union Bleachery project. This work is all part of MetroConnects’ Clean Water Forward Initiative, which addresses aging wastewater infrastructure and sewer capacity issues throughout the county to create a sustainable, well-maintained, and reliable wastewater system. Visit metroconnects.org and cleanwaterforward.org for more information about this important infrastructure work that you can expect throughout your county!