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SOUTH CAROLINA — Sen. John W. Matthews, S.C. Senate, Rep. James E. Clyburn, U.S. House of Representatives, 6th Congressional District, S.C., Johnnie Wright, Sr., Chairman, Orangeburg County Council and Chairman, Lake Marion Regional Water Agency, Bill McCall, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Santee Cooper, and Lt. Col. Edward Chamberlayne, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Charleston District Commander and District Engineer, cheers the completion of the 180 ft. John W. Matthews Industrial Park Water Tank May 3, 2012, with the first glass of water poured from the water tank. The water tower will bring potable drinking water to Orangeburg County, S.C. and municipalities of Bowman and Santee. The Charleston District worked very closely with Santee Cooper and Lake Marion Regional Water Agency to complete this project.

SOUTH CAROLINA — Sen. John W. Matthews, S.C. Senate, Rep. James E. Clyburn, U.S. House of Representatives, 6th Congressional District, S.C., Johnnie Wright, Sr., Chairman, Orangeburg County Council and Chairman, Lake Marion Regional Water Agency, Bill McCall, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Santee Cooper, and Lt. Col. Edward Chamberlayne, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Charleston District Commander and District Engineer, cheers the completion of the 180 ft. John W. Matthews Industrial Park Water Tank May 3, 2012, with the first glass of water poured from the water tank. The water tower will bring potable drinking water to Orangeburg County, S.C. and municipalities of Bowman and Santee. The Charleston District worked very closely with Santee Cooper and Lake Marion Regional Water Agency to complete this project. (Photo by Jim Huff, Santee Cooper)

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Posted 5/10/2012

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By Ashley Rogers
Charleston District


CHARLESTON, S.C. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Charleston District, Santee Cooper and Orangeburg County hosted a 15th anniversary celebration of the Lake Marion Regional Water Agency and ribbon cutting ceremony for the John W. Matthews Industrial Park water tank, May 3, 2012 at the Matthews Industrial Park in Orangeburg County where U.S Rep. James Clyburn was the keynote speaker.

 

Celebrating the completed construction of the 180 ft. water tower, U.S. Rep. Clyburn led the cutting of the ribbon. Speaker’s also highlighted the agency’s success in bringing potable drinking water to Orangeburg County and the municipalities of Bowman and Santee by drinking water from the central tap of the water tower.

 

“Great strides have been made to bring economic development to this county and the central part of the state,” said Mr. Johnnie Wright, Sr., chairman of both the Orangeburg County Council and the Lake Marion Regional Water Agency. 

 

An integral piece of this water supply system, the John W. Matthews Industrial Park water tank is a $2.6 million project that delivers water to the Matthews Industrial Park and the town of Bowman. The industrial park is being developed by Orangeburg County and is named for long-time S.C. Sen. John W. Matthews, Jr.  The park is a vital part of the Orangeburg County Economic Development Commission’s long-range plan to bring industries and jobs to the area. The much needed safe, clean and reliable water which this project supplies is key to economic development and new business start-ups.

 

“When people have a chance to be their best, to do their best, now that’s economic development,” remarked Matthews. “Providing infrastructure is multi-generational thinking.”

 

Bill McCall, Santee Cooper executive vice president and chief operating officer, praised the water agency for its long time commitment with Santee Cooper on this project.

 

Lt. Col. Edward Chamberlayne, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Charleston District commander, thanked U.S. Rep. Clyburn and S.C. Sen. Matthews for establishing the vision and need for this project.

 

“The construction of this project went exceedingly well with over 11,000 hours of accident-free quality construction, and delivered an aesthetically pleasing structure,” stated Chamberlayne.

 

“A problem cannot be fixed, if it is ignored. This is about a solution to a problem,” stated Clyburn. “It is about need.”

 

Orangeburg County and the Corps of Engineers have plans to award contracts for the Goodbys Wastewater Treatment Plant and Transmission System, respectively. In the future, the agency has plans to provide water resources to Dorchester, Calhoun and Berkeley Counties.