In 2015, Pacolet Milliken acquired Ni America, subsequently renamed Ni Pacolet Milliken, which was a private water and wastewater utility with operations in South Carolina, Texas and Florida. Over the subsequent five years, Pacolet invested substantial amounts of capital to expand and upgrade Ni Pacolet’s company-wide collection system, as well as its primary wastewater treatment facility, located on Spears Creek in Kershaw County, SC.

In the fourth quarter of 2020, Pacolet Milliken sold Ni Pacolet Milliken to Southwest Water Company, a substantially larger water and wastewater company headquartered in Houston, Texas.


is the Osage Indian word for water.

Ni Pacolet Milliken Utilities is a holding company for four water and wastewater utilities regulated by either the South Carolina or Florida Public Service Commissions. Collectively, it serves more than 45,000 customers in South Carolina and Florida. Ni Pacolet’s strategy is to continue to support its organic growth, while looking for acquisitions that fit its demographic and economic criteria. More information about Ni Pacolet may be found at

Ni Pacolet’s five utilities are as follows:

  • Palmetto Utilities, which includes the former Palmetto of Richland County territory. It is located to the north and northeast of Columbia, SC.
  • Palmetto Wastewater Reclamation, which includes both the Alpine and Woodlands utilities. These utilities are located to the northwest of Columbia, SC.
  • Hudson, a wastewater utility located in central Florida.
  • Tamiami, a water and wastewater utility located just north of Tampa, FL.