City continues to look at water supply options

  • Thursday, January 30, 2014

Stefan Rogenmoser/Gazette Above is one of two Goose Creek water towers, near the Goose Creek Department of Public Works building at Button Hall Avenue. See story on page 1A exploring the city’s water issues.

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Some Goose Creek residents are paying higher water bills than others. That’s because the Goose Creek Department of Public Works does not supply all of the water for the city.

Some of it comes from the Charleston Water System, which charges more.

That’s according to Goose Creek Mayor Michael Heitzler in a discussion that has been raised at several city council meetings.

Most recently, at the Jan. 14 city council meeting, the mayor talked about the issue in the strategic plan goals and objectives portion. Goal No. 9 is to expand the water system.

Heitzler said mainly residents of The Oaks and parts of Crowfield get their water from CWS.

“Those rates you pay keep going up,” Heitzler said. “You pay twice as much as people in Charleston County. I pay about 80 percent less for my water.

“We want to purchase (CWS) for $4 million. They will only sell it for $9 million, and at that rate we won’t be able to bring the price down.

“We’re not successful in anything we undertake. We may have to take that off the strategic planning list. There’s no light at the end of the tunnel.”

A citizen at the meeting asked how much it would cost for Goose Creek to build its own water system; Heitzler said the city has its own water system.

Goose Creek Public Works provides water for approximately 9,300 residences in the city, Goose Creek Public Information Officer Jesica Mackey told The Gazette. CWS provides water for about 3,600 residences in Goose Creek, she said.

The Goose Creek Public Works water comes from Lake Moultrie and feeds into the Santee Cooper water treatment plant there, according to Mackey.

The CWS water comes primarily from the Bushy Park Reservoir, one the freshwater side of the Cooper River at the Bushy Park boat landing site.

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