The City of Mauldin has been awarded a nearly $3.4 million grant from the South Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) for a sewer rehabilitation project. The funds will be used to rehabilitate deteriorating clay sewer pipes that were installed more than 60 years ago. The project will take an estimated five to six months from design to construction to completion, with a deadline to spend all funds by Dec. 31, 2026.
“This is an important project for the City of Mauldin that will positively impact quality of life for our residents,” Mayor Terry Merritt said. “These funds will allow us to make critical improvements to our sewer system, ensuring we continue to protect public health and the environment while preparing for future growth and development.”
Awarded as part of the South Carolina Infrastructure Investment Program (SCIIP), the $3,399,750 grant is for the city’s Basin RG2 Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project. The City of Mauldin will contribute approximately $600,000 in local match for construction and engineering services related to the project.
The project includes rehabilitation of approximately 12,500 feet of existing clay sewer pipe as well as approximately 73 brick manholes and 120 clay service laterals.
“I am proud of the effort by our Public Works Department, Director Matthew Fleahman and our City Administration to identify this need and the pursuing of these grants,” said Councilman Jason Kraeling, who chairs the Public Works Committee. “Proactively addressing our public infrastructure prevents a significant cost from being forced onto our citizens in the future.”
The RIA awarded a total of $1.369 billion to water, sewer and stormwater infrastructure projects in over 200 communities across South Carolina. More than 300 applications totaling more than $2 billion were submitted, and 70 percent of all applications were funded, including at least one project in every county.
About the South Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority
The South Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) is a state agency that was established in 2012 to assist communities with financing for qualified infrastructure projects for water and wastewater systems as well as stormwater drainage facilities. RIA has awarded more than $953 million in grants (2013-2022) and loans (2016-2022).