After years of planning, York city leaders have agreed to buy water from Rock Hill instead of having York produce its own water — a move they say will ensure that York has a clean, ample water supply for years to come.
“We have an obligation to make sure that when we turn the faucet on, something drinkable comes out,” Mayor Eddie Lee said last week, after the York City Council voted unanimously to approve a long-term water purchase agreement with the city of Rock Hill.
The 20-year agreement, which is renewed each year, calls for the city of York to begin purchasing 500,000 gallons of water each day from the city of Rock Hill within two years, officials said. It calls for York to purchase all its water from Rock Hill within seven years.York uses about 1.2 million gallons of water a day.
Before the water purchase can begin, City Manager Charles Helms said York must build a water transfer station on land it owns at Shiloh Road and S.C. 161. The pump station is expected to cost about $1.5 million.
York sits at a slightly higher elevation than Rock Hill, Helms said, and the pump station is necessary to ensure sufficient water pressure in pipes between the two cities.
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