General wastewater treatment began in Greer around 1906, when a 30,000 gallon septic tank began collecting and treating wastewater for the area.
In the 1940s, the Maple Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility was built. To handle growth and business use, a facility on the South Tyger River was built in 1966. Eventually, the South Tyger facility was taken offline and replaced with a lift station. At that time, the Maple Creek Facility was upgraded to a capacity of 5 million gallons per day (MGD).
Today, the Maple Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility still serves more than 12,000 accounts in the Greer area. The facility is now capable of treating 5 MGD of sewer per day, with plans to expand to 10 MGD to handle any growth. Maple Creek averages just over 2 MGD in treatment currently.
The sewer service area has 244 miles of gravity sewer lines and 17 pump stations. CPW also entered into a cooperative intergovernmental agreement with Renewable Water Resources (ReWa) to treat some of the sewer flowing from our service area. ReWa is a regional wastewater treatment provider, and these cooperative agreements help accommodate additional growth by transporting sewer to additional treatment facilities.
The City of Greer, with boundaries extending north to Apalache, Highway 14 North at Country Club Road, continuing on Highways 290 and 101 to Mt. Vernon Estates; south down Highway 14 South to Maple Creek along Poplar Drive Extension to Textube and along Highway 101 South to I-85; east to the South Tyger Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Maple Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant west to King Acres, then south along Princess Creek to South Suber Road. Sewer is also available south of I-85 in the area between Brockman-McClimon Road and Highway 14 South to East Phillips Road. For a map of our service area, click here.
Greer Commission of Public Works adopted, by resolution, a revision of its Sewer Use and Pretreatment Ordinance on July 23rd, 2013 which contain modifications to the Pretreatment Attachments. The full copy of the Sewer Use and Pretreatment Ordinance can be found here.
Do you know what you should and should not flush down the toilet or put down the drain? ONLY human waste and regular toilet paper should be flushed, and you should never pour grease down the drain. An easy way to remember it is the "Three P-s": Poop, pee, and (toilet) paper.
Check out our resource page on ways to protect sewers and the environment.
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