Ground broken for Columbia's new water distribution, wastewater management facilities

The City of Columbia, South Carolina will soon be reaping the many benefits of new water distribution and wastewater management facilities.

On June 8, ground was broken for those facilities, which will be built at 4011 West Beltline Blvd.

“This facility will represent the epitome of true sustainability. We’re excited to see this happen here in the City of Columbia," Mayor Steve Benjamin said.

The new facilities will see two existing buildings renovated, as well as the construction of a new 15,300-square-foot administrative building and the demolition of more than 2.5 acres of asphalt, which will be replaced with new landscaping and rain gardens. It will also include a 36,000-square-foot warehouse, an 11,000-square-foot storage space, a guardhouse, covered fleet storage, storage areas for materials and equipment and an outdoor service bay.

“We’re very excited about this project. For years, our water and wastewater maintenance staff have been packed very tightly in our existing facility," Columbia's Director of Utilities and Engineering Joey Jaco said. "By moving into this new facility, it will give us an opportunity to expand and improve our operations.”

The new facility will house 300 to 400 employees.

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