• Jeannie Putnam
  • May 28, 2021
BMW pump station. Photo supplied by Greer CPW

Greer CPW declared May 24 it obtained a $2 million grant from the Economic Development Administration to replace the pump station in the BMW Manufacturing Plant at Greer.

This award follows a $500,000 grant from the S.C Rural Infrastructure Authority for this project, which was granted in May 2020.

“This pump station is over 25 years old and it was time for updates,” said Greer CPW technology and planning manager Mark Harvey. “By getting this grant money, we can create the much-needed repairs to ensure reliable and top quality sewer utilities such as BMW and the surrounding communities.”

The pump station, which can be used to pump wastewater from where the land doesn’t allow for the natural flow of water, also serves areas northeast of the centre and south of I-85 west along Highway 101.

The complete project is expected to cost $4.2 million and include a 14,000-foot expansion of the present force main from the current discharge point to the Maple Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. The extension will get rid of the BMW channel flow in the gravity line and might make it available to serve future growth north of BMW.

In addition, the EDA expects the pump station project will create 600 new jobs and generate $600 million in private investment.

“This is big news for our production and distribution bunch and assists Greer compete for another generation of new endeavors,” said Greer Development Corporation executive director Reno Deaton. “Great infrastructure equals world-class businesses and high paying jobs.”

Greer CPW intends to put the project out for bids in the next few weeks. Construction is expected to last about 15 months.

The utility supplier also announced its finance division was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 2019 financial year by the Government Finance Officers Association of the USA and Canada.

“It is a terrific honor to receive this award,” said Greer CPW finance director Angela Karcher. “While much of our work is notorious for keeping lights and water running, it’s also important to be clear in how we spend client dollars, cycle cash back to infrastructure improvements and work to reduce our debt.”

This is the 15th consecutive year CPW has received this award and is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting.

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