After community concern, Anderson County water plant looks to keep drinking water clean, safe


ANDERSON COUNTY. AND NOW
SHE SHOWS US WHERE THE AREA’S
DRINKING WATER COMES FROM
AND WHO’S RESPONSIBLE FOR
KEEPING IT SAFE AND CLEAN.>>HER STORY IS ALL NEW AT SIX.>>WATER IN ANDERSON COUNTY MAY
TASTE A BIT DIFFERENT NOW THAN
IT USED TO.>>EVERY DROP OF WATER THAT GOES
THROUGH OUR PLANT IS TREATED FOR
TASTE AND ODOR COMPOUNDS CAUSED
BY ALGAE IN THE LAKE.>>THAT WOULD BE LAKE HARTWELL,
WHERE ANDERSON REGIONAL JOINT
WATER SYSTEM GETS THE WATER FOR
200-THOUSAND PEOPLE. TREY BURNS IN IS THE SOURCE
WATER SPECIALIST HERE.>>THE LAKE WAS BUILT IN ’63,
AND WE SAW THIS HUGE ALGAL BLOOM
IN 2013. A LOT OF FACTORS
CONTRIBUTED. THERE WAS NEVER A
CLEAR-CUT THIS CAUSED IT. BUT I
THINK UNFORTUNATLEY US HUMANS CAUSE A LOT OF THAT.>>SO THEY BUILT THIS.>>WHAT WE HAVE NOW IS CALLED
OZONE TREATMENT PROCESS. IT’S
THE FIRST THING WE DO NOW.>>AFTER THE WATER IS TREATED
FOR TASTE AND ODOR, IT GOES INTO
THE FLASH MIXER TOGETHER AND
FILTER OUT ALL OF THE DIRT
PARTICLES AND OTHER GUNK CALLED
‘ ’FLOC.’
>>THIS IMMEDIATELY GOES THE THE
CLARIFIER SO THIS FLASH MIX
HERE? YOU SEE THE WATER, IN THAT
GRATE, AND IT COMES OUT THROUGH
THE TOP THE CENTER OF THIS CLARIFIER HERE.>>THEN, IT’S ON TO THE LAB FOR
TESTING.>>THIS PLANT TREATS 20 MINING
GALLONS OF WATER EVERY DAY. MACHINES ARE ALWAYS RUNNING TO
TRACK ANY CHANGES THAT MAY BE
HAPPENING. EVERY HOUR OR MORE, THERE IS AN
OPERATOR RAKING SURE THIS WATER
IS SAFE TO DRINK. 8 WATER DISTRICTS, THREE TOWNS,
AND THE CITIES OF ANDERSON AND
CLEMSON, AS WELL AS CLEMSON
UNIVERSITY ALL GET THEIR
DRINKING WATER FROM THIS PLANT.>>PEOPLE THINK WHEN THEY DUMP
ANYTHING DOWN THE STORM DRAIN,
IT GOES TO A SEWER TREATMENT
PLANT – AND IT DOES NOT! IT
DRAINS DIRECTLY TO A CREEK, AND
EVENTUALLY DIRECTLY TO THEIR DRINKING WATER.>>OFFICIALS HERE ARE LOOKING TO
WORK WITH THE COMMUNITIES THEY
SERVE TO BE MINDFUL ABOUT HOW TO
KEEP ORIGINAL SOURCE WATER AS
PURE AS POSSIBLE,
SO CLEANING AND TREATING CAN SAFELY CONTINUE. IN ANDERSON COUNTY, RENEE
WUNDERLICH, WYFF N




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