Parker Rehabilitation Project
As required by the Intergovernmental Agreement with Renewable Water Resources (ReWa), Parker Sewer & Fire District has implemented a 15-year program of maintenance management and rehabilitation. In continuation of this program, Parker has begun working on various lines throughout its system to address the issue of Inflow and Infiltration (I&I). Dedicated sanitary sewer system pipes are designed to carry wastewater from sinks, toilets, showers and bath drains to a wastewater treatment facility. Inflow and Infiltration occurs when excess water, typically known as stormwater and groundwater, enters into the sewer system.
Rehabilitation Programs FAQs
When will the rehabilitation be done to the lines around my home or business?
This depends on the location of your home or business. The Rehabilitation Project is on a 15 year schedule. Each sewer line sub-basin was prioritized based on its condition. To find out the location of your home within the District and which sub-basin it lies within, see the flow basin map. To see what the status is on the sub-basin you are located within, see the document here.
When the rehabilitation is done to the lines near my home, will this affect my sewer service?
No, you will not have any interruption in your sewer service. You may notice some construction crews working in the street or within the public right-of-way, but this will be more of a temporary noise nuisance. Depending on the type of rehab done to the pipes, some areas may experience a plastic/chemical smell that may enter homes for time. This smell comes from our contractors using Cured In Place Pipe in the sewer lines. The odors are non-toxic and should disappear with time.
How does the Rehabilitation process work?
There are a number of steps involved in the Rehabilitation of the sewer lines. One of the first projects involved is to conduct a SSES, which stands for Sewer System Evaluation Survey. During this survey our crews will clean all the lines with a hydraulic high pressure water nozzle, conduct televised inspections, conduct smoke tests, and conduct manhole inspections. We will then turn this over to our engineer, who will design and plan the repairs and rehabilitation to be done. Parker Sewer District then hires contractors to do all the construction work.
What are some of the specific things that are done during Rehabilitation construction?
One of the main things we do will be upgrading and repairing our sewer mainlines. This is done a variety of ways, such as: Open Cut Repairs, Pipe Bursting, and Cured In Place Pipe (CIPP). We also will rehabilitate our manholes to make sure no rainwater is getting inside them by repairing or replacing them. When service lines (the sewer lines owned by the property owner that come from the home or business) get disconnected by Pipe Bursting or CIPP, the service lines will then be reconnected to the main. The main goal is to reduce I/I from getting into the sewer lines. When all the cracks, holes, and off set pipe joints are repaired, this will help reduce all the I/I.
Rehabilitation Fee FAQs
Why am I getting charged a Rehab Fee on my property taxes?
The Rehab Fee is a fee used to pay for Parker Sewer District’s Rehabilitation Project. This Rehabilitation Project was created in 2005 with a goal to rehabilitate all the sewer lines that are in disrepair and need to be brought into conformance with modern sewer construction standards. Some of the lines in the District may be 75-100 years old. This Rehabilitation Project will help bring Parker Sewer District into greater conformance with all overflow and sewer discharge regulations enforced by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), SCDHEC (South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control), and REWA (Renewable Water Resources). The Project will help reduce these overflows and stoppages resulting from large amounts of Inflow/Infiltration, which results from deficient pipes. Most importantly, these rehabilitated lines will better serve the constituents of Parker District.
How long has the Rehab Fee been in place?
The Parker Sewer & Fire Subdistrict commission passed a resolution in 2005 which enabled the District to charge a Rehab Fee. Initially the Rehab Fee was placed quarterly on the water bills. In 2007 the commission passed another resolution which changed the way the Rehab Fee was billed. It was at this point that the Rehab Fee was added as a line item on the property taxes, and the current classification system based upon Greenville County’s land use codes was created.
What properties are subject to being charged the Parker Sewer Rehab Fee?
All properties inside the District Boundary that are connected to the sewer line or that lie within 300 ft. of one of our sewer main lines.
Why is my property getting charged the amount that it is? Is everyone getting charged the same amount?
The total amount of the Parker Sewer Rehab Fee will vary from parcel to parcel. The amount assessed for each parcel is partially based upon the land use codes as codified by Greenville County. We have taken these land use codes and modified them to be more appropriate for sewer usage. The current classifications and their corresponding fees were set by a passed resolution on March 17th, 2009. For instance, the average residential property with one home on it currently has a $75.00 Rehab Fee assessed to it, whereas a property with a commercial land use code may have a charge of $200.00 or more, depending on the type of business.
Is Parker Sewer District able to handle charges on my property taxes such as the Sanitation Fee or the County Stormwater Fee?
No, Parker Sewer District does not handle nor is it responsible for these fees. Please contact the Greenville County offices for more information on these fees.
My property is on a septic tank, am I still responsible to pay the Rehab Fee?
On March 17th, 2009, the Parker Sewer & Fire District Commission passed Resolution No. 2009-002, which specified that those parcels which can be proven to not be connected to our sewer lines are to be exempt from the Parker Sewer Rehab Fee. If your house or business is connected to a septic tank, please come into our offices and we will create an investigation to verify that your structure is not tied onto sewer. If this is confirmed, we will either contact the Greenville County Tax Office to have them send you out a new bill with the Parker Sewer Rehab Fee removed, or we will give you a refund, depending on the circumstance.
My property does not have a structure on it, am I still responsible to pay the Rehab Fee?
Properties without structures (unimproved properties) are assessed a Rehab Fee. However, Resolution No. 2009-002 states that if the property owner can demonstrate that their property has no old sewer connections that may be broken or damaged, the property will also be put into the exempt category.
What about apartment complexes and other structures with multiple units?
Properties with multiple units are charged one Rehab Fee per unit. The Rehab Fee assessed for each unit will depend on the structure use. So a parcel with a duplex on it would be charged two Residential Improved Rehab Fees at $75.00 a piece, creating a total Rehab Fee of $150.00.
Are non-profit organizations or tax exempt properties responsible to pay a Rehab Fee?
Yes, but small non-profit organizations are put into a category which has a lesser fee than properties with businesses. If you believe you are being charged a business Rehab Fee in error, please come into our office and we will work with you to see if your property qualifies.
How can Parker Sewer District charge a Rehab Fee in addition to all I pay them on my monthly or quarterly water bill?
The answer is that Parker Sewer District does not receive any money that you pay on your monthly or quarterly water bill. Parker Sewer District generates its money largely from the millage on your property taxes together with the fixed line item Rehab Fee.