Groundbreaking ceremony for Lake Marion Regional Water System set

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – A groundbreaking ceremony will be held for the Dorchester Reach of the Lake Marion Regional Water System between Harleyville and Ridgeville.

The event will be held at First United Methodist Church at 135 East Main Street in Harleyville beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, February 12.

Construction begins this month and is scheduled for completion by early 2019.

The 10.7 mile long Dorchester Reach is the sixth water transmission project the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lake Marion Regional Water Agency and Santee Cooper have collaborated to build since 2008.

Lt. Col. Jason Legro, Charleston District deputy commander said: “with the completion of this project, we will have bought 45.4 miles of water pipe to an underdeveloped area.” Legro added “these lines bring clean drinking water to thousands of residents and hundreds of businesses in Dorchester and Berkeley counties.”

The ceremony will include remarks from Rep. James Clyburn, S.C. 6th District; Johnnie Wright, chairman of the Lake Marion Regional Water Agency; Lt. Col. Legro; Jim Brogden, interim president and CEO of Santee Cooper; and Jay Byars, Dorchester County Council Chairman.

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