Capacity Use Program: The Western Capacity Use Area
On November 8, 2018, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Board, as established in Section 49-5-60, approved the designation of all of Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Lexington and Orangeburg Counties as the Western Capacity Use Area.
The Groundwater Use and Reporting Program issues Groundwater Use Withdrawal Permits to all groundwater systems located in a designated Capacity Use Area. Groundwater withdrawal permits are required to withdraw and use groundwater equal to or greater than three million gallons in any month in the counties in these areas.
The Groundwater Use and Reporting Act requires that a Groundwater Management Plan be developed for each designated Capacity Use Areas. In 2019, the Department will coordinate with area stakeholders to gather input, share information and develop the Groundwater Management Plan for the Western Capacity Use Area.
The plan must be approved by the DHEC Board. Once an approved plan is adopted, it will not address any specific permits, yet it will guide the initial groundwater management strategy and provide direction for future groundwater management goals.
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