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Dorchester County has ribbon-cutting for $4 million spec building

Dorchester County, Edisto Electric Cooperative and Santee Cooper officials on Nov. 2 celebrated a ribbon-cutting at a 100,000-square-foot speculative building at the Winding Woods Commerce Park.

The facility is on U.S. Highway 78 between Summerville and St. George.

Santee Cooper loaned $2.1 million to assist in the $4 million building that is served by Edisto Electric. Based in Bamberg, Edisto Electric provided funding for environmental reviews, surveys, a wetlands study and a 3-D rendering of the park. Santee Cooper-generated electricity is Edisto’s source of power.

In their marketing plans, county economic development officials stated earlier this year that Winding Woods is tailored for industries seeking tracts of property that could be subdivided into 20- to 50-acre lots. Other selling points include convenient access to Interstate 95 and the Port of Charleston.


Lake Marion Regional Water System Earns “Best Tasting Water in S.C.” Award

The Lake Marion Regional Water System (LMRWS) recently earned the distinction of the best tasting water in the state in 2017 by the South Carolina Rural Water Association, an award it also won in 2012. Water samples are judged on taste, smell and clarity.

Owned and operated by wholesale provider Santee Cooper, the water system has a treatment plant near Santee, S.C., rated at 8 million gallons per day (mgd). It is the source of water to the towns of Santee, Bowman and Vance.

The system has 38.2 miles of pipeline. The most recent addition being the 10.5-mile pipeline constructed from Harleyville to Ridgeville. Water from the treatment plant is purchased by the Lake Marion Regional Water Agency, comprised of Berkeley, Calhoun, Dorchester and Orangeburg counties, and the town of Santee.

The LMRWS will observe its 10th anniversary this year. The $36 million system entered commercial operation on May 1, 2008.

Santee Cooper also owns and operates the Santee Cooper Regional Water System, which has a 42-mgd treatment plant on Lake Moultrie near Moncks Corner. That system, which entered commercial operation on Oct. 1, 1994, won the “best tasting water in South Carolina” award in 2014 and 2015.