DAVID DYKES | STAFF
Renewable Water Resources, or ReWa, has begun a $14 million sewer rehabilitation project in the Richland Creek area of downtown Greenville that officials said will allow for necessary increased sewer capacity, growth and development.
The work is being conducted in Cleveland Park just south of Washington Street and will continue north, adjacent to Richland Creek, toward Interstate 385 over the next three months before continuing to Rutherford Road, ReWa officials said.
Greg Wright, ReWa’s engineering director, said state and federal funds will be used to pay the project’s cost.
Traffic disruptions should be confined to road crossings on less-traveled streets, he said. Major roads shouldn’t be impacted.
Sand volleyball courts in Cleveland Park will be taken out for a couple of months this fall, but other public spaces in the park shouldn’t be affected, Wright said.
Early portions of the sewer system date to the 1920s and the latter set of pipes to the early 1960s, he said.
“We have done rehab on the system to try to keep it tight and up to standard, but unfortunately buried infrastructure breaks down over time and groundwater and rainwater can find its way into cracks and leaks that develop as the pipe systems age,” Wright said.
“That groundwater and that rainwater can take up capacity for future growth and development because we’re now treating rainwater when we shouldn’t.”
As the project progresses, ReWa will update web and Facebook pages with more information regarding construction progress and the projected schedule.
ReWa has more than 400,000 industrial, commercial and residential customers in Greenville County and parts of Anderson, Spartanburg, Pickens and Laurens counties.