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Without ruling on a request for a local water district to stop construction of a multi-million-dollar water treatment plant, a judge set a trial date of Aug. 28 to hear arguments over whether or not the plant is legal.
Pioneer Rural Water District filed a complaint Wednesday claiming Oconee County, the cities of Seneca and Westminster and the Oconee Joint Regional Sewer Authority “are unlawfully attempting to prevent” Pioneer from building a proposed $19 million water treatment plant.
Oconee County’s administrator says his words were purposely used out of context by Pioneer Rural Water District’s top official to dupe customers into believing he supports the district’s $19 million water treatment plant project.
Despite changes to enabling legislation for Pioneer Rural Water District, the state attorney general’s office stands by its original opinion issued in 2012 the charter does not give Pioneer explicit authority to build a new water treatment plant.
Although the customer base for Pioneer Rural Water District has been stagnant for almost a decade, Pioneer’s top official said Monday the district rejected recommendations from a state utilities watchdog to downsize a proposed $19 million water treatment plant.