GMD is proud to share our accomplishments and events with the community.
November 12, 2013
Greenwood Metropolitan District Commissioners, employees and representatives from Davis & Floyd, Inc. dedicated a plaque to commemorate improvements at the Wilson Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility. GMD and Davis & Floyd have partnered in three construction projects over the past 10 years to improve peak flow capacity and nutrient removal capability. Two pecan trees were also dedicated in memory of GMD Commissioner Gene Hancock and Davis & Floyd Construction Inspector Jack Alexander, both of whom passed away this year and were involved with these projects.
From left to right: Jamie Peeler GMD Operations Director, Jerry R. Timmons PE, CEO & COO Davis & Floyd, Commissioner Michael Monaghan, Commissioner Henry Watts, Commissioner Art Bush, Commissioner Byron Smith, Danny Ware Project Manager Davis & Floyd, Robert Turner Wilson Creek Operations Supervisor
Mr. Art Bush was sworn in on July 22, 2013 to fill the seat formerly held by Commissioner Gene Hancock, who passed away in July after a battle with cancer. The GMD staff welcomes Commissioner Bush and looks forward to working with him for the good of the Greenwood community.
Clemson University, in conjunction with the Greenwood Genetic Center, will expand existing facilities of the J.C. Self Research Institute to add a 17,000-square-foot research and education center in human genetics. The site is located adjacent to the Greenwood Genetic Center within the Greenwood Research Park. GMD is proud to have partnered with Greenwood County, the City of Greenwood, Greenwood Partnership Alliance, The Self Family Foundation, Greenwood Genetic Center, Greenwood Commission of Public Works, and others who volunteered time and money to make this project possible.
The Clemson University Center for Human Genetics will be a core campus for recruiting research and development companies engaged in human diagnostics, cognitive development, central nervous system, autism, birth defects, cancer and inflammatory diseases. The project will expand Clemson University’s existing doctoral program in human genetics, and create an internationally competitive research and development team. Additionally, the research has the potential to identify better treatments for chronic disorders, such as diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease.
“This project is the result of a seven-year effort by the entire community,” Clemson University President James F. Barker said. “The collaboration creates a center with state-of-the-art genetic equipment and expertise in the heart of South Carolina.” Steven A. Skinner, Greenwood Genetic Center director and senior clinical geneticist, said the collaboration provides the foundation for the advancement of genetic diagnosis and therapeutics for patients not only across South Carolina, but globally. The presence of Clemson faculty and graduate students will enhance the already world-class research conducted in Greenwood, and will vastly increase the research capacity towards the goal of reducing the impact of genetic disorders.
Mark Warner, chief executive officer of Greenwood Partnership Alliance, said the initiative represents economic benefits to the county and the state. The state will benefit from increased research, development and manufacturing with potential to create thousands of direct and indirect jobs in research, manufacturing and agriculture during the next decade.
Information Courtesy of UpstateSCAlliance
The Greenwood Metropolitan District (GMD) is announcing the start of a sewer line replacement project in the area between Gilliam Court and Singleton Street. The “Stockman Branch CDBG Project” will install approximately 1,100 feet of 16-inch diameter sewer line and 2,300 feet of 8-inch diameter sewer line on Gilliam Court, Dallas Court, Sumter Street, and Singleton Street.
Many of the existing sewer lines are located under homes making them inaccessible for maintenance activities. This has resulted in lines that are in poor structural condition and allow unwanted surface water and groundwater to get into the sewer lines increasing the possibility of a sanitary sewer overflows (SSO). The complete replacement and relocation of these sewer lines will eliminate the unwanted water, reduce SSO’s and improve the water quality along Stockman Branch. The $775,000 project is being funded in part by a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant. Construction is expected to begin in April 2013 and continue until November 2013.
Greenwood Metropolitan District (GMD) is proud to announce that its West Alexander wastewater treatment plant received Peak Performance Awards for the 2011 calendar year from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA). The Peak Performance Awards program recognizes public wastewater treatment plants for their outstanding compliance records. NACWA was proud to recognize our facility during the 2012 Summer Conference held in Philadelphia.
NACWA presents the prestigious Gold Peak Performance Award to recognize 100 percent compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits over a calendar year
Caring People, Protecting the Environment
The South Carolina Department of Commerce announced August 26, 2011 that Greenwood Metropolitan District had been awarded a $500,000.00 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). The projects receiving grants were selected through a statewide competitive process.
GMD will use the $500,000.00 federal grant to make improvements to its wastewater collection system. George Martin, GMD's General Manager, said the project will install 2,500 feet of new 8" PVC sewer line and use cast-in-place-pipe (CIPP) lining technology to rehabilitate another 1,100 feet of existing sewer line in the Panola Mill Village replacing deteriorated clay lines that are more than 90 years old.
Martin said the new lines will be installed under the sidewalks along Second, Third and Forth Streets.
Since 2007, GMD has received $2.3 million in CDBG funds which the District has used to help upgrade its wastewater collection system. Martin said GMD will continue to apply for CDBG funds and other grants in order to continue its efforts to upgrade Greenwood's infrastructure. GMD is very pleased that the Department of Commerce has made this investment in upgrading the sewer system and thereby helping protect the environment and public health for those who live in Greenwood.
July 30, 2012
The Greenwood Metropolitan District may be smoke testing in your area as a part of a Sanitary Sewer System Evaluation Survey (SSES). The SSES is a vital step in helping bring Greenwoods sewer system issues to light and aid GMD with meeting todays regulatory requirements by identifying sources where rainwater can enter the system.
The smoke testing is a way of finding breaks or improper connections in sewer lines. The smoke is forced into the line and comes out of cracks, holes and other defects in the sewer system.
GMD crews notify the fire departments prior to performing the smoke testing procedure. It is normal to see smoke exit the vent stacks on your home or building during the smoke testing operation. Remember, the smoke is non-toxic, creates no fire hazard and will not harm children, pets or plants.
If you are in the areas of the smoke testing, listed below, please run or pour water in all drain that are not often used, such as garage basement floor drains. If an excessive amount of smoke still enters your home, please call us at 377-1763 or 377-2288.
The week of August 6 - 10, 2012 we hope to be in these locations:
Connie Maxwell, Kitson Mill Village, Self Regional Hospital, Uptown Greenwood. Which also includes Main St., Cambridge Ave., Maxwell Ave., Spring St., W. Alexander Ave. and surrounding areas
The Greenwood Metropolitan District (GMD) recently recognized local industries who achieved outstanding compliance with the wastewater pretreatment program. During the past year, the industries showed their commitment to protecting the local environment by meeting or exceeding federal, state, and local environmental standards.
Gold award winners, with total compliance in 2011 were Cooper Power Systems, COVIDIEN, CNC Plating, Eaton Electrical, Eaton Corporation Hydraulics Group, FUJIFILM Manufacturing U.S.A., Inc., Greenwood Forgings, Greenwood County Landfill, Greenwood Fabricating & Plating and Self Regional Linen Services. These companies were recently recognized during the District’s tenth annual industrial achievement workshop at the Emmett F. Brooks Facility.
Silver award winners, were Ascend Performance Materials and Carolina Pride Foods which had only one violation in 2011.
GMD thanks all the award winners and their employees for their hard work, dedication and environmental stewardship. We congratulate them attaining this level of excellence.