Sewer Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why are sewer rates increasing?
A) Your base sewer charge recovers costs associated with maintenance, billing, customer service, and portion of capital costs. The increase is due to higher capital cost necessary to continue to provide quality service, and to rehabilitate our aging wastewater infrastructure.
Q: When will sewer rate increase?
A) Sewer adjustments take effect July 1, 2016.
Q: What is the money being used for?
A) The new rates will help funding of additional capacity at the Wastewater Plant, fund infrastructure along highway 292, for future growth of Inman. Repairs of an aging wastewater infrastructure.
Q: Why are we adding capacity to the Wastewater Plant?
A) SCDHEC requires once a plant reaches 80% of its capacity that a (PER) Preliminary Engineering Report(s) must be performed and at 90% construction must being.
Inman has a 1.0 MGD Wastewater Plant, cleaning wastewater is both complex and expensive. Each day approximately, .725 Million Gallons of wastewater travel through a 65 miles interceptor system and four lift stations to the Inman Wastewater Plant. The water is cleaned as it passes through a series of biological and chemical processes. Once the recycled water meets state and federal environmental standards. Inman currently returns the water to Lawson Fork Creek which leads to the Pacolet River and Broad for future use.
Inman does not receive funds from local, county or state taxes. All expenditures are funded with combination of user fees and revenue debt issues. Inman increasing financial obligations, including expanding the system’s capacity to meet economic demand; rehabilitating and replacing aged sections of our current system; and continually making system improvements to meet increasingly stringent environmental regulations.
Our rate includes a monthly base fee as well as a volume fee to recover the cost of servicing more than 2,200 customer accounts and maintain 65 miles of trunk lines.
This fee covers certain fixed costs of operations including administrative and customer related costs and debt service.
This fee covers the cost of operations and maintenance, required capital replacements and improvements.
Q: How much water is normal for one person to use?
A) On average 80-100 gallons of water per day is used by per person for kitchen, laundry, bathing, toilets, watering plants and animals and other day to day living needs.
Q: What can I do to prevent sewer overflows?
A) Prevention can save you money? Most sewer back-ups occur between the house and the City’s sewer main. If there is a blocked sewer service between the house and the City’s sewer main, the property owner is responsible for correcting the problem. Avoiding blockages means avoiding plumbing bills. When the blockage occurs in the City’s sewer main, the City will correct the problem.
- Pour grease, fats and oils from cooking down the sink drain. Collect grease in a container and dispose of it in the garbage.
- Use the sewer system as a means to dispose of food scraps. Place food scraps in waste containers or garbage bags for disposal with your weekly garbage collection or place your food scraps in a compost pile.
- Use the toilet as a wastebasket. Place a wastebasket in the bathroom to dispose of garbage. Disposable diapers and personal hygiene products do not belong in the sewer system.
What you should know regarding your sewer service connection.
The City of Inman Utilities Department sometimes receives calls from property owners informing us that they have a sewer backup. In an effort to provide good customer service and to protect the environment, the Public Utilities Department makes these calls a high priority, suspending other planned maintenance which comes at a significant cost to the utility. Often it is later determined the problem is actually in the customer’s service line and not in the City’s sewer main.
We commonly hear from property owners that the plumber tried to clear a blockage. When the backup does not clear, the plumber tells the homeowner that the blockage is in the City’s sewer main and is the City’s responsibility. Upon the City’s inspection, we frequently find the blockage exists between the clean-out located at the right-of- way and the City’s sewer main, but still in the service line. The idea that the City is responsible for the sewer service line between the right-of- way and the sewer main is simply not the case. The sewer line is the homeowner’s responsibility from the home to the main.