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Algae Season

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It wasn't too long ago that Lake Hartwell turned green due to an algal bloom. Anyone in the area remembers the taste and smell associated with the drinking water coming from the lake during this time. Thankfully, harmful algal blooms (HABs) were never present, but that is not always the case for waterbodies this time of year. Just last month,…

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Lake Hartwell Champion for Citizen Science Award

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Treating and delivering safe and clean water to the tap is our first priority, but what would it look like to take care of the source of our drinking water before it reaches the intake? Lake Hartwell is that source. Encompassing 56,000 surface acres with 962 miles of shoreline, Lake Hartwell recently became the 2nd most visited lake owned by…

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$1,000 Mini Grant

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Award: $1000 mini grant(s) Deadline: January 31st, 2022   Qualifications: Must reside in Anderson County. Must actively participate in some form of environmental stewardship or volunteerism. Need assistance on a project related to protecting the environment, sustainable farming, or environmental outreach and education. Project Information (500 words): Is this a new or existing project? List organizations, and their contributions, that…

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Protecting our Drinking Water

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When we turn on the drinking water tap in South Carolina, not much thought goes into where the water comes from. If the water has a different taste or odor, we may pick up the phone to inquire with the water provider, but rarely do we consider where the water begins. This is a privilege enjoyed by most of us…

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Deputy Director

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The Anderson Regional Joint Water System (ARJWS), the leader in providing safe, affordable water to Anderson and Pickens counties, announces the addition of Jeff Caldwell, P.E. to its staff as Deputy Director. Mr. Caldwell is responsible for all personnel, oversight of the Capital Improvement Program, as well as the annual operation and maintenance budget for all water resource elements of…

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60% Discount for Septic Tank Repair or Replacement

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If you own a septic tank and live within the highlighted area below, you are likely eligible for up to 60% cost share in septic tank repair or replacement! Thanks to our partnership with Upstate Forever, we are implementing a plan to protect the source of our drinking water within the Three and Twenty Watershed (see this article to learn…

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Three and Twenty Watershed Plan

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In an effort to protect the source of our drinking water, we are partnering with Upstate Forever to implement a watershed-based plan for the Three and Twenty Creek Watershed. A watershed is simply an area where every drop of water that falls within the area drains to a common point. The common point for the Three and Twenty Creek Watershed…

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$800 Environmental Steward Mini Grant

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  Made possible by our annual Barrels & Beer event in partnership with our friends at Carolina Bauernhaus and Anderson County Soil & Water Conservation District, applications are now open for an $800 mini grant!   Qualifications Must reside in Anderson County. Must actively participate in some form of environmental stewardship or volunteerism. Need assistance on a project related to…

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Rain Gardens and Co-Ops

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written by Natalie Whitaker, summer 2020 co-op student   In today’s society, stormwater management has become a more prevalent topic of conversation. As urban growth continues to increase at a rapid pace, more and more natural land gets developed, creating an abundance of impermeable surfaces for rainwater runoff. This runoff can carry pollutants such as pet poop, fertilizers, and pesticides…

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Lagoon Dredging

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written by Natalie Whitaker, summer 2020 co-op student   During the water treatment process, waste sludge is produced from removing sediments that come in with the raw water supply, as well as when filters are backwashed. This waste sludge is constantly pumped into the onsite lagoon throughout the process. The lagoon is most often murky and muddy as the sediments…

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