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Bill Number: 64 Ratification Number: 132 Act Number 79 Introducing Body: Senate Subject: Sumter County, Public Service Authority, treatment, sell water
(A79, R132, S64)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 58-31-30, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO POWERS OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE AUTHORITY, SO AS TO INCLUDE THE COUNTY OF SUMTER AS ONE OF THE COUNTIES IN WHICH THE PUBLIC SERVICE AUTHORITY MAY ACQUIRE OR PURCHASE OR CONSTRUCT, OPERATE, AND MAINTAIN STRUCTURES AND FACILITIES IN THE TREATMENT AND DISTRIBUTION OF WATER FOR INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL, OR AGRICULTURAL PURPOSES AND ACQUIRE, TREAT, TRANSMIT, DISTRIBUTE, AND SELL WATER AT WHOLESALE.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Sumter County, Public Service Authority, treatment, sell water, in
SECTION 1. Section 58-31-30(22) and (23), as last amended by Act 156 of 1987, is further amended to read:
"(22) To acquire or purchase, if requested to do so, or to construct, operate, and maintain all structures and facilities, necessary, useful, or customarily used and employed in the treatment and distribution of water for industrial, commercial, domestic, or agricultural purposes within the counties of Berkeley, Charleston, Clarendon, Dorchester, Orangeburg, and Sumter. The provisions of this section do not apply to the acquisition or purchase of existing electric systems.
(23) To acquire, treat, transmit, distribute, and sell water at wholesale within the counties of Berkeley, Charleston, Clarendon, Dorchester, Orangeburg, and Sumter if requested in writing to do so by the governing body of any incorporated municipality, by the governing body of any special purpose district providing water service in the unincorporated areas of each county, or by the governing body of each county for those unincorporated areas not so provided water service by a special purpose district. The authority may not transfer water from one river basin to another. However, the authority shall prepare and maintain its books and records for its water supply operations separate and apart from its books and records for the generation, transmission, and distribution of electric power. The costs of water supply operations, including the loss of the generation of hydroelectric power, may not affect rates and charges for electric service. Water must be offered for sale by the authority on a nondiscriminatory basis without regard to whether electricity is also purchased from the authority."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.