Mt. Pleasant Councilman Mark Smith, chairman of the city's Water Supply Committee and Ex-Officio Mt. Pleasant Waterworks Commissioner, recently came out against the granting of a groundwater permit.
Maguro Enterpreises LLC recently submitted a Groundwater Withdrawal Permit to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. If this permit is approved, the business could take a total of 1.5 million gallons of water each day from the town’s primary drinking water source.
The McQueen Branch Aquifer is the main source of drinking water for people living in Mt. Pleasant. As the town continues to grow, its reliance on Middendorf Aquifer will also continue to grow, Smith said in a statement.
Currently, the Capacity Use Designation protects the aquifer as it supplies 80,000 locals with water. The aquifer also provides water for people living throughout Charleston County.
“Maguro has asked permission to draw 1.5 million gallons of water per day for a total of 549 million gallons per year from the McQueen Branch Aquifer,” Smith said. “The sole purpose for this tremendous consumption is to flush through a non-contact cooling water system at its Google facility in Moncks Corner. This technique is a colossal waste of our valuable resources and is a threat to public health and safety. This request also completely ignores consideration of conservation techniques or alternate sources, such as surface water or treated sewer water.”
Smith urged citizens and officials to block the request.
"As a tax paying citizen and an elected official, I urge the citizens of the town and Charleston County to stand up, speak out and send a clear message to Maguro that this request is unacceptable, reckless and should be withdrawn immediately," Smith said.