Fort Mill Times

York County is set to re-up with Carolina Water Service. And, to explain why.


It’s been more than a year, but it’s now time for details.

York County Councilwoman Allison Love, along with county management, hosts a public meeting at Feb. 7 to explain what she believes will be a completed franchise service agreement with Carolina Water Service. Third and final reading on that agreement is set for Feb. 5.

“We will pass third reading Monday night,” Love said.

The council meeting will involve a public hearing. The agenda for it hasn’t been released, but one typically comes the Friday before a Monday meeting. Council passed two readings on an agreement already, but also met to discuss potential changes that could work their way into the final decision.

Love didn’t give details of what may be the same or different in the final agreement compared to prior readings, opting instead to present them at the Feb. 7 public meeting at Camp Thunderbird. It starts at 6 p.m.

“There is a lot of information to share and I want to go over the whys and the why nots,” Love said. “Lake Wylie customers of Carolina Water Service have been patient and deserve to hear an update directly from the county and me in person.”

The franchise agreement, a document that allows Carolina Water to operate in the county, came due early last year. Lake Wylie residents clamored for months prior, asking the county not to renew it and seek other options for water and sewer service. Mainly having the county buy or otherwise take over the system. Twice, the county and utility extended the franchise agreement for six months, allowing more time to negotiate.

The latest extension goes through Feb. 17.

The new franchise agreement only impacts Lake Wylie customers of Carolina Water Service. York County also filed to intervene in a statewide water and sewer rate case for Carolina Water customers, which would impact Lake Wylie but also customers in Fort Mill, Rock Hill and elsewhere. The South Carolina Public Service Commission voted Wednesday to schedule several more hearings on that case, including in York County. A time and date haven’t been determined.

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