Frequently Asked Questions
What exactly is the Grand Strand Water & Sewer acquisition of Little River Water and why should I care?
Grand Strand Water & Sewer and Little River Water, longtime partners, are excited to announce that they have agreed to a formal partnership whereas Grand Strand Water & Sewer would purchase all of the assets of Little River Water and their accounts.
If approved, each Little River Water Member will receive refund payments and most Members will see a reduction in their monthly bills. This transaction must be approved by 2/3 of current Little River Water Members, so your vote is crucial!
What are the reasons for this acquisition?
The transaction will streamline water service to Little River Water residents. Grand Strand Water & Sewer currently provides the water and sewer service to the Little River Water Membership through a wholesale agreement with Little River Water. The water quality and treatment process will remain the same.
What will happen to water and sewer rates if the deal passes?
Little River Water Members will share the same low rates charged to other Grand Strand Water & Sewer customers. Grand Strand Water & Sewer rates will remain among the lowest in South Carolina.
Are Grand Strand Water & Sewer rates higher than Little River Water rates?
Grand Strand Water & Sewer’s rate structure is different than Little River Water’s. Grand Strand Water & Sewer has a higher base charge but lower volume charges.
How will Grand Strand Water & Sewer rates affect my bill?
A typical three-bedroom home that uses 4,000 gallons of water per month will see a slight fall in the water and sewer bill. For 2,000 gallon per month users the bill will remain nearly the same. For 8,000 gallon per month users the bill will see a significant decrease. It all depends on how much water you use.
Will the rates rise later?
Rate increases will be consistent with small market increases that both Little River Water and Grand Strand Water & Sewer customers typically experience. The rates of the two systems are already interlocked since Grand Strand provides both water and sewer treatment to Little River.
How much will my refund payments be?
To find the amount of your payment, please use the payout calculator on our website at votelittleriver.com.
When will I receive the payment?
Once the partnership is approved and finalized, we expect refund payments to process within 2-3 months. However, most Members will see a decrease in monthly rates almost immediately.
Where is the money coming from for the refund payments?
Pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding between Grand Strand Water & Sewer and Little River Water, Grand Strand Water & Sewer will pay a purchase price for the assets of Little River Water if the transaction closes. The refund payments are being funded by the proceeds from the transaction.
How do I vote in this process? When does voting start?
Voting has already started! You have the choice to cast a proxy vote by mail or online.
If you’d like to vote online, you can simply visit our website to cast your vote.
A proxy ballot has been mailed to the address associated with your Membership number. So, if you would like to vote by mail, simply fill out the ballot and mail it back to the return address.
What is a proxy vote and how does it work?
The proxy will authorize someone else to cast your vote without you having to attend the Member meeting in person. The specific meeting date will be announced later.
My property is part of a Home Owners Association (HOA). Can I still vote?
If you are a Little River Water Member you have your own vote. But some HOA’s hold the Membership for the owners as the master meter account holder. In that instance, only the HOA will have a vote.
I understand the financial benefits to members if the partnership is approved, but what about water quality and treatment? Will we see a change?
Grand Strand Sewer & Water currently provides the water and sewer service to the Little River Water Membership through a wholesale agreement with Little River Water. The water quality and treatment process will remain the same, as will water pressure. All water pressure and quality issues will be addressed by Grand Strand Water & Sewer employees.
I’m concerned that Grand Strand Sewer & Water will not have the capacity to service our community as efficiently as Little River Water has. How will this impact responses to water service requests and other issues?
Just as general operations at the Little River Water office will not change, response time as to any issues will continue to be consistent with the current service. Grand Strand Water & Sewer is well positioned to handle future capacity.
Who governs the Grand Strand Water & Sewer?
Grand Strand Water & Sewer is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors that are approved by the Governor.
Will this potential partnership result in the closure of the Little River Water office and/or the layoffs of Little River Water employees?
Grand Strand Water & Sewer is committed to maintaining operations at the Little River Water office and as such all Little River Water employees will be retained.
What will happen if the two-thirds majority is not met?
If the transaction is not approved by 2/3 of the members, Little River Water and Grand Strand Water & Sewer will remain separate entities.