Who Is Metro

Metropolitan Sewer Subdistrict was created as a special purpose district, by the General Assembly by Act No. 687 on July 14, 1969 and amended in August of 1972. Metropolitan is a subdistrict within Greenville County Sewer Authority (now known as Renewable Water Resources, ReWa) and is empowered to acquire, construct, operate, maintain, improve and extend facilities for the collection of sewage within the subdistrict and transmit the same to the trunk lines or sewage treatment and disposal facilities of ReWa for treatment and disposal.

Metro cooperates with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control (SCDHEC), ReWa and all municipalities and other special-purpose districts in the provision of sewer facilities throughout Greenville and Anderson Counties.

Metro was initially governed by a commission consisting of three members and later increased to five members. Metro has grown through our construction of new sewer systems and from the donation of systems constructed in accordance with our requirements by development. We also have accepted older public and private systems which were rehabilitated to meet Metropolitan’s and SCDHEC requirements.  Currently, Metro serves approximately 46,000 customers with more than 660 miles of collector lines, 9 pump stations and 10 miles of force main. Metro’s 148 square mile service area extends from northern Greenville County in the Slater-Marietta area to the southern portions of the county, and east and west to the Greenville County line. We also serve the Piedmont area in Anderson County.

It is our policy to perform proactive operations and maintenance activities system-wide to maximize the useful life and capacity of the sewer collection system. All aspects of Metro’s management of capacity, operations and maintenance are evaluated yearly utilizing a performance-based standard.

Metro staff provides all routine pipeline operations, maintenance, and system evaluation. Work orders and reports are generated during these activities, entered in Cityworks and are used to assess the collection systems operational condition and requirements. Metro uses a consulting engineer to review SSES data obtained by staff.  The consulting engineer applies a level of condition to each sewer line viewed.  The engineer reports this information to staff and together we prioritize rehabilitation projects. These projects are then budgeted and advertised for construction. When information indicates the necessity for immediate repair or replacement of pipelines or appurtenances, Metro calls upon its yearly maintenance contract (pipeline contractor) to complete the repair. The yearly maintenance contract is also used to make repairs needed prior to the installation of cast-in-place pipe (CIPP).

Metro strives to keep its system working properly and efficiently by supporting its comprehensive maintenance and operations program.  This proactive approach helps Metro’s customers avoid potential issues that could arise. Well trained personnel perform daily inspections and maintenance on Metro’s system to avoid any potential problems. These operations include:

  • Use of a closed-circuit television camera to view and record the condition of sewer lines
  • Smoke testing to determine leaks and defects in the system
  • Cleaning crews to remove debris, clear blockages, and cut roots that are obstructing the collection system

It is the goal of Metro to keep a well-maintained collection system. It is designed to protect the local water quality and public health by reducing the number of manhole overflows and system backups. In addition, these effective operations help to reduce and delay the need for expensive capital expenditures to provide additional wastewater treatment capacity.

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