Water concerns on the rise in Aiken County

By: Travis Ragsdale Email
By: Travis Ragsdale Email

Monday, April 28th 2014

AIKEN COUNTY S.C. (WRDW) – A growing concern in Aiken County is current water levels and where they might be trending.

“It’s not that there are any immediate problems,” said the USGS’S Bruce Campbell, “what we’re concerned about is the future years.”

The USGS says that groundwater levels have dropped at a significant rate over the past several decades. Now, several of the county’s numerous water districts are asking for help in a plan of action for the county.

“We’ve seen this in South Carolina already,” said Campbell, “The coastal area has had some serious ground level concerns.”

With the issues also comes concerns that industrial giants like MTU and Bridgestone that are contemplating Aiken County for large plants might not be as apt to relocate if concerns about water continue to surface.

“We are asked if we can provide ‘x’ gallons of water, “Breezy Hill Water District General Manager Charles Hilton says, “We have days, not months or years to answer.”

According to the USGS levels in some areas have gone down six and seven feet. That study would be done over forty month period to a tune of just over $700,000. The USGS says that would pay for a little over $100,000 of the study but the rest would have to come from the water districts themselves.

“There's a lot of water down there but before we run out we need to see what's available.” Said Hilton, “We need to see how we can best utilize the resources we have.”

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