By Kevin Boozer
JENKINSVILLE — Jenkinsville Water Company’s consumption of Mid-County Water returned to normal levels in December once an issue with manganese in water from the Town of Winnsboro was resolved.
At Monday night’s meeting of the Jenkinsville Water Company Board, JWC President Greg Ginyard, however, told the board members he was still trying to work out an arrangement where JWC would receive relief for fees incurred as the company purchased dirty water from Mid-County Water in October.
Due to the amount of brownish water that continued to enter the system, he said JWC used some 800,000 gallons of water to flush the lines. This led Ginyard to approach Mid-County Water Company manager Herb Rentz about possible relief for flushing the lines, an act that increased the monthly bill from approximately $400-600 per month to $3,000 for the month of October.
Rentz told him if the Town of Winnsboro issued relief to Mid-County that relief would be passed on to the Jenkinsville Water Company. To date Ginyard had not heard of any relief issued.
Ginyard said JWC learned of the problems after a customer called DHEC complaining of gooey, brown water. Ginyard and Green checked the system and said they realized the dirty water was coming from the water that mixed in from Mid-County, not from JWC wells.
Ginyard spoke to Rentz about the issue and that Mid-County informed JWC by letter that the solution to the brownish water in the JWC system was to flush the lines.
Ginyard called Rentz and explained the water was on the ground, not being used by customers. He said Mid-County sent JWC a letter with instructions to flush the line to rid the JWC system of the brownish water.
Rentz said Mid-County faced the same problem and had a large bill with the town of Winnsboro for the problem and said mid county was like a middle man between JWC and Winnsboro water.
Technician James Green attached a meter to the line to record how much water was flushed. The records were sent to Mid-County as part of the request for relief on the JWC bill. Green said JWC did not have the option to temporarily shut off Mid-County water from the system. Taking that course of action would have caused low pressure for customers in the bottom half of the system, an unacceptable result.
JWC continued to pay for the dirty water to pump through and maintain water levels as water was flushed from the line, just as Mid-County had to do with the Town of Winnsboro water as it flushed its lines. Eventually the discolored water ran its course and Green reported no more complaints from members.
Ginyard reminded the board that DHEC said there was no danger to the public from the discolored water but said that in an effort to provide the best possible water for customers, the system needed to be flushed. December JWC usage of Mid-County water was 92,000 gallons, which Ginyard said was more in line with the company’s needs.
In other business:
• Green reported December water production to be 3,523,220 gallons. He said there were few leaks in December, with a Dec. 30 leak at the meter box on St. Barnabas Church Road the only one of note. JWC gained one new customer in December.
• Green said JWC had issues with the telemetry system going down on the Clowney Road well so parts of the equipment had to be reprogrammed.
• The board withdrew into executive session to discuss legal matters related to an information request by JWC member Jeff Schaffer. The information requested pertains to a slander suit between Schaffer and Ginyard.
• During the financial reports, Ginyard reported JWC made the final payments on a company vehicle.
• In the past two years Ginyard reported JWC has reduced its usage of Mid-County water by 80 percent. Two years ago, he said the company spent $78,000 on Mid-County water and this year thanks to production from a new well, JWC will purchase less than $10,000 worth of water from Mid-County.
• Ginyard said JWC has utility electric generators at well number 13 and at McCorey-Liston Elementary for backup power to booster pumps in case of a power outage. Mr. Green tests the generators weekly.
• JWC held its annual meeting at the Jenkinsville Fire Station at 7 p.m. Jan. 8.