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February 14, 2017
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Press Release – Powdersville Water Welcomes New Board Member, elects new Chairman

At a recent Board Meeting, Powdersville Water approved the appointment of Kyle Dillard to its Board of Directors and elected Jimmy Williams as the new Board Chairman.

Mr. Dillard holds a law degree from the University of South Carolina and an undergraduate degree from Furman University. Kyle is a shareholder with Ogletree Deakins law firm. In addition to serving on the Powdersville Water Advisory Committee, Kyle has also been active in other areas of the community. He is an active member of the Easley Chamber of Commerce, the Powdersville Business Council, and the Associated Builders and Contractors of the Carolinas. He and his wife, Jennifer, have been residents of the Powdersville community for 15 years. They have two children. “I am pleased to welcome someone of this caliber to our Board of Directors”, said incoming Board Chairman Jimmy Williams. “Kyle’s knowledge of the community and his other skillsets will make him a very valuable member of this Board. I look forward to working with him”.

In other action, long-time Board member Jimmy Williams was elected Chairman, replacing Phil Landreth who has served as Chairman for five years. Mr. Landreth will continue to serve on the Board in other capacity. “It has been a pleasure serving the Powdersville Community in this role and I really enjoy working with the members of this board.” Mr. Landreth remarked. “And I am pleased that I can turn this position over to someone with Jimmy William’s character and ability.”

December 6, 2016
Press Release

Press Release – Powdersville Water Approves Major Pipeline Improvement on Highway 153; Adopts Annual Budget

At their recent monthly meeting, the Powdersville Water (PW) Board of Directors approved their proposed budget for 2017 which included a $1.5 million pipeline along Highway 153. This main improvement is necessary due to the increased growth along the corridor between I-85 and Easley. The new budget includes a 3.5 percent rate increase for retail customers that will become effective with the January, 2017 billing. The recommendation for the increase was the result of PW’s annual financial plan and rate modeling update, which included the above project, as well as many other water system initiatives. Each year PW performs an annual update of its comprehensive 10-Year financial plan and rate model to ensure that rates are adequate to cover projected expenditures for the coming year and for future years. This process takes into account not only the ongoing expenses of operating the system on a day-to-day basis but also debt service costs and any planned capital improvements. With the increase, PW rates remain comparable to other similar sized utilities across the state. A typical PW residential customer who uses 6,000 gallons per month can expect to pay $41.33 per month with the new rate in place.

January 6, 2016
Press Release

Powdersville Water District Adjusts Capacity Fees

At its December Board Meeting, the Powdersville Water District (PWD) Board of Directors voted to increase the capacity fee for all new development. The current fee has been in place unchanged since 2005. Over the next 18 months, the fee will increase from $1.85 per gallon to $4.36. The first step of the increase will go into effect on May 1, 2016 and the new fee will be $3.41 per gallon at that time. The second step of the increase will go into effect a year later on May 1, 2017 resulting in the approved rate of $4.36 per gallon. The effect of this increase is that, for each single family home, the one-time capacity fee of $740 will increase to $1,023 on May 1, 2016 and then to $1,308 on May 1, 2017. The capacity fee is a charge (per gallon) that all new customers pay for water capacity in the system before service is established. This fee is not part of the tap fees and is collected solely to replace capacity in the system that is used up by new development. Fees of this type are common among growing water and sewer utilities throughout the country and are often referred to as impact fees or various other names. The purpose of the fee at PWD is to ask new customers to share in the cost of the system infrastructure required to provide them with adequate water service. Every time a new tap is added to the PWD system, a small portion of the water distribution system’s capacity is used up. That capacity ultimately must be replaced; therefore it is reasonable to ask new customers to pay for the capacity that they plan to use, which will in turn go towards the cost of replacing that capacity. For example, when a developer installs a new subdivision that adds 200 homes to the water system, it creates an approximate demand of another 60,000 gallons of water per day on the system. We are simply asking new customers to share in the cost of developing future system capacity to replace what they have used. The alternative to this would be passing the cost of future infrastructure along to existing customers that have already paid their fair share. Executive Director Dyke Spencer explained, “The idea is for growth to help pay for growth and not place that burden on the existing customer base. Our Board adopted this concept eleven years ago and it is time to adjust the fee to get current with the times”.

One thing that will help offset the capacity fee increase is that SCDHEC has recently decreased their Contributory Loadings Table that is part of Regulation R61-67. The decrease is largely due to water saving plumbing fixtures that are now being used, as well as reduced customer usage over recent years. So, even though the fees will increase, the amount of water capacity needed for new construction will likely decrease based upon this regulatory change.

November 25, 2015
Press Release

Powdersville Water District Adopts Annual Budget

At its recent monthly meeting, the Powdersville Water District (PWD) Board of Directors approved the PWD budget for 2016. The new budget includes a modest 3.0 percent rate increase for retail customers that will become effective with the January, 2016 billing. The recommendation for the increase was the result of PWD’s annual financial plan and rate modeling update. Each year PWD completes an annual update of its comprehensive Financial Plan and rate model to ensure that rates are adequate to cover projected expenditures for the coming year. This process takes into account not only the ongoing expenses of operating the system on a day-to-day basis but also debt service costs and any planned capital improvements. The rate increase for 2016 was driven by four key factors: PWD purchases all of its water and the rates from two out of the three PWD suppliers are scheduled to go up in 2016. Increased growth in the PWD service area has increased PWD staff activities such as tap installations, infrastructure upgrades, and repairs to existing mains and service lines. Continuing the multi-year plan to upgrade and/or replace aging water mains. Normal operating expense categories, such as materials costs, have increased slightly. “We are very pleased that, even with the dramatic increase in growth and our continuous commitment to excellence, we have been able to keep the rate increase to 3%,” Executive Director, Dyke Spencer explained. “This is a testament to the hard work and efficiency of a great staff of water professionals I have the privilege to work with.” With the increase, PWD water rates remain comparableto other similar sized utilities across the state. A typical PWD residential customer who uses 6,000 gallons per month can expect to pay $39.94 per month with the new rate in place, an increase of $1.16 per month.

August 10, 2015
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Robbie Binnicker, left, and Kyle Dillard, right, joined the Advisory Committee in August

Water District Welcomes Two New Members to its Advisory Committee
At their June Board Meeting, the Powdersville Water District (PWD) approved the appointment of Robbie Binnicker and Kyle Dillard to serve on the Advisory Committee to the Board for a term of one year. The Advisory Committee was created by the Board for the sole purpose of training future Board Members.

Mr. Binnicker is a graduate of Clemson University where he received a BS degree in Biological Science and a Masters degree in Administration and Supervision. He is currently working on his PhD in Educational Administration and Supervision. Robbie and his wife, Allyson, have lived in the Powdersville Community for 20 years. They have three children.

Mr. Dillard is a graduate of Furman University where he received a BA degree. He also holds a law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. Kyle is a shareholder with Ogletree Deakins Law Firm. He has also been very active in the community by being a member in the Watchdog Program at Concrete Primary, and serving on the Upstate Council and Government Affairs Committee. He and his wife, Jennifer, have been residents of the Powdersville community for 14 years. They have two children.

Robbie Binnicker and Kyle Dillard will join current member Bob Stahlsmith on the Advisory Committee.

“I am proud to welcome two men of this caliber to our Advisory Committee”, Phil Landreth, Board Chairman said. “Both of them are active members of our community – I look forward to working with them”.

June 23, 2015
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Powdersville Water District’s Employees celebrated 2,200 days without a loss time event
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Water District Celebrates Safety Record
On June 19th, Powdersville Water District (PWD) held a safety celebration after completing 2,200 days of operations without a loss time event. “This new milestone has taken over six years to accomplish and reflects our employees’ commitment to safety and how well we look out for one another”, stated Executive Director Dyke Spencer. The 23 employees were treated by members of the PWD Board to a barbecue dinner followed by homemade ice cream. In addition, each employee received a shirt that read, Safety in every drop. That’s how we flow. “The safety and well-being of our employees is very important to PWD”, said Phil Landreth, Board Chairman. “We are all grateful for this record and believe it is truly something to be celebrated”. In addition to the obvious benefits to the employees’ personal well-being, there are also considerable savings to the district in regards to insurance premiums and work productivity. PWD conducts safety meetings routinely and has developed a very effective safety program called Priority One in which employees are recognized for safety-conscious behavior every month.

April 2015
Press Release
Powdersville Water District Receives Prestigious National Award
Denver -- Powdersville Water is the first utility in South Carolina to achieve the Directors Award in the Partnership for Safe Water’s Distribution System Optimization Program and one of only eleven nationwide. Powdersville Water received this award for successfully completing a comprehensive self-assessment of distribution system operations, a significant achievement towards ensuring the delivery of safe, high-quality water to the community. “The Partnership for Safe Water and AWWA congratulate Powdersville Water on being the first utility in South Carolina, and the 11th in North America, to receive the Directors Award for the distribution system optimization program,” stated Barb Martin, manager of Partnership programs. “While working with them through this process, I have been impressed that a utility of Powdersville Water’s size and staff would make such a significant commitment -- going beyond current regulatory requirements in order to protect public health.” Powdersville Water is participating, as a charter member, in the Partnership for Safe Drinking Water Distribution System Optimization program inaugurated in 2011. The voluntary self-assessment process includes evaluation of distribution system operations and performance; identification of performance limiting factors; and the development of action plans to achieve distribution system optimization, culminating in a peer-reviewed completion report. Powdersville Water will be one of a select group of utilities recognized at the annual conference and exposition of the American Water Works Association in June for achieving the Directors Award from the Partnership’s Distribution System Optimization Program. “As a Partnership Distribution Program subscriber utility, we are honored to be the first utility in South Carolina to receive this award,” said Dyke Spencer, Powdersville Water’s Executive Director. “Our utility’s goal is to be “top of our class” in the water distribution field, and to continuously strive to optimize performance and water quality in our system. Achievement of the Directors Award demonstrates our ongoing commitment to protecting public health.”

About AWWA The Partnership for Safe Water is sponsored by the American Water Works Association, Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, Association of State Drinking Water Administrators, United States Environmental Protection Agency, National Association of Water Companies, and the Water Research Foundation.

SOURCE: The American Water Works Association