Joint Municipal Water and Sewer Commission was formed in October 1992
under provisions of existing state code of the Joint Municipal Water Systems
Act, and consisted of four (4) initial members, including the County of
Lexington, City of Cayce, Town of Pelion and Town of Swansea. Currently,
it consists of seven (7) additional members, including the City of West
Columbia, Town of Batesburg-Leesville, Town of Springdale, Town of Gaston,
the Gilbert-Summit Rural Water District, Town of Lexington, and South Congaree, bringing
the current total to eleven (11) members. Its purpose is to pursue, through
the cooperative efforts of its representative members, water and wastewater
systems expansion within Lexington County in order to promote and support
further economic development, and to address health, environmental and
quality of life concerns brought on by the lack of such services within
the county. Utilizing the systems resources available from its members,
as well as the resources of its own, the Commission’s goal is to
meet water and wastewater service needs in certain unincorporated areas
of Lexington County. It is governed by representatives appointed by the
governing bodies of its members.
The Commission began officially operating as a separate entity on July 1, 1993 when the Lexington County Council formally conveyed its water and sewer systems assets and liabilities to the Commission. Since its creation, the system?s assets and the number of customer accounts have experienced growth even during the recent economic downturn. The Commission?s current area of operations includes more than 50 square miles in Lexington County.
We have extended services into broader areas of the county, including Pelion, Swansea, Gaston, South Congaree and areas north and west of Lexington near Lake Murray. Most of these improvements have been funded through revenue bond issues totaling approximately $23,000,000 of which more than $19,000,000 has been for new projects, and the balance was for debt previously issued by the County which was assumed and refinanced by the Commission.
In summary, the
efforts of the Commission have resulted in substantially expanded service
availability within Lexington County. The overall organizational structure
of the Commission has provided a basis for public water and sewer service
providers in the county to work together in identifying and addressing
water and sewer service needs for our residents, through long-term cooperative,
regional planning processes.