The Town of Bluffton has awarded a construction contract to Jordan Construction of Hilton Head, Inc. to install sanitary sewer on Pritchard Street. This is the first of six phases of sewer construction in Bluffton’s Historic District. This first phase is comprised of installing 2,550 linear feet of main sewer lines and will service 25 properties with houses and four (4) additional undeveloped lots. Additionally, the project will also retire 25 septic tanks, a process known as “abandoning septic tanks,” so they pose no further threat to the local environment.
“This project directly supports the Town’s May River Watershed Action Plan by protecting the town’s surrounding rivers and watersheds from failed septic tank run-off,” Mayor Lisa Sulka said. “This project will connect residents, who are located in close proximity to the May River, to public sanitary sewer lines.
“These homes are not a part of a planned community and therefore did not have the advantage of pre-planned infrastructure. This project, along with the Town’s past and future sewer projects, provides environmental protection to the Town’s most cherished natural resources.”
The $513,431 project is funded through stormwater utility fees of $225,930, a South Carolina Appropriation grant of $95,950 and a portion of the SC DHEC grant totaling $191,551 for this project.
The Town of Bluffton received a total of $365,558 from SC DHEC for connecting residents to the sewer main lines in the Town’s sewer projects. Of that grant, $191,551 will be used for this project. The remainder of this grant will be allocated to future sewer projects within Bluffton. This SC DHEC grant is a part of the Federal Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Program of the Clean Water Act. Under this program, the federal government awards grants to local governments supporting the standards of the Clean Water Act.
This project is scheduled to be completed in mid-winter.
If any residents have questions about the project, please contact Director of Engineering Bryan McIlwee at (Office: 843.706.7824).