ANDERSON Co., SC (WSPA) — It’s been a problem for the last five years, as the temperatures rise the water in Anderson County becomes brown and smells.
Over 200,000 people in both Pickens and Anderson County receive their water from the Anderson Regional Joint Water System that treats water from Lake Hartwell. Since 2013, algae blooms sprouted in the lake during the summer leaving a strong odor and dark coloring even after the water was treated and safe to drink.
But now a new ozone treatment facility will fix the problem moving forward.
“The goal is to have the water and the odor and the taste not derogate in the summer. So the water you have now which is fine, because there isn’t algae blooms right now, it will be just like that through the summer,” said Trey Burns, the Sourcewater Specialist at Anderson Regional Joint Water System.
The $13 million facility takes 12 minutes for this level of treatment before it moves into the standard filtration process. It took about a year to complete and is now up and running ahead of the algae bloom season.
If you want more details on the logistics behind the new treatment, the water system offers free tours. Plus they will hold two open houses this week with one on Thursday from 2pm to 4pm and Saturday from 10am to 12pm.