(Update: 3/30/2020) South Carolina Governor McMaster has ordered the closure of all public access points to the states beaches, as well as closure of all public boat ramps, landings, and other public access points on state lakes, rivers, and access points. Because of this order the boat ramp, landing, and picnic shelter at Lake Whelchel is closed to the public until further notice. In addition, the Board of Public Works Rifle Range will also be closed to the public until further notice.
(Update: 3/26/2020) We are continually reviewing our policies and procedures with respect to concerns about COVID-19. On March 18th, in response to the economic effects of the coronavirus outbreak, we adjusted our disconnect policy and suspended disconnections, electric and water, as Governor McMaster requested of all utility providers. However, state officials emphasized all customers still have an obligation to pay their bill for utility services eventually. We cannot provide electricity and water for free because if we did, as a non-profit, other customers would have to cover those costs through higher rates. We want to continue to have the lowest residential electric rates in South Carolina. In order to keep your bill from growing to an unmanageable amount, please continue to pay on time. Our suspension of disconnections has been extended until an undetermined future date. Residential customers will not be charged a late penalty or fee. We will provide customers at least a 2-week notice, on our webpage and Facebook page, when the disconnection policy returns to normal.
In an effort to assist customers who have a financial hardship as a result of COVID-19, the Board is donating an additional $25,000 to our Project Hope Fund. Project Hope is funded by the Board and customers who participate in the round-up program. This fund provides financial assistance to Board of Public Works customers through Peach Center Ministries. You can contact Peach Center Ministries at 489-2549. Their office is located at 518 N. Limestone Street here in Gaffney.