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What Are You Paying For Each Month?

October 25, 2019

What Are You Paying For Each Month?

Without thinking about it, we all use wastewater systems multiple times a day – when we shower, wash dishes, wash clothes, brush our teeth, wash our hands or flush the toilet. Sanitary sewer collection systems are for the most part out-of-sight and out-of-mind…until something goes wrong.

Wastewater collection and treatment in Greenville County is a joint effort. MetroConnects is just one of the collection system providers that partners with Renewable Water (ReWa) to collect and transport wastewater to ReWa’s treatment plants. ReWa’s treatment allows it to return to the environment as a renewable resource.

MetroConnects serves 46,000 residential and business customers in Greenville County, maintaining more than 660 miles of collection lines and 234 miles of individual customer lateral connections. Millions of gallons of wastewater travel through Metro’s lines each year and are conveyed to ReWa’s trunk lines and then on to its wastewater treatment plant.

Your monthly sewer bill pays for the rehabilitation and proactive maintenance of the MetroConnects’ wastewater infrastructure (sewer mains, laterals, pump stations, etc.). The costs associated with maintaining this infrastructure can be high.  MetroConnects uses an asset management system to ensure it is maintaining its sanitary sewer system in good operational condition and extending its overall useful life. Through this program, Metro can identify and prioritize maintenance work to prevent costly emergency repairs.

While you may have never considered it, sanitary sewer lines also protect public health by preventing the spread of illness, which in turn protects our environment and our greatest resource – our water.

Water is a part of everything we do and we can’t live without it. Clean water is essential. We all have to do our part to keep it clean today and in the future.