Obtaining Service for New Development

If you are a developer or engineer seeking water or sewer service for a new development project, this page provides an overview of our process and requirements.

The New Development Group in our Engineering Department is responsible for assisting developers with projects in our water and sewer service areas. This includes water/sewer service availability determination, technical reviews, construction permitting, impact fee assessment, and encroachment permitting. We also provide system map information for new projects and perform hydrostatic flow tests.

General Requirements
Developers, their engineers and contractors are responsible for meeting our Minimum Standards and following established Developer Policies and Procedures for payment of fees and project submittals.

  1. Notice of Revisions: Minimum Standards & Construction Details

    (12/30/2015)
    - The Minimum Standards and eleven construction detail drawings have been revised, effective January 1, 2016. View a summary of changes to the Minimum Standards.

  2. Impact Fee Increases and Important Policy Change

    On December 16, 2015, Charleston Water System's Board of Commissioners approved a three-phased incremental increase to water and sewer impact fees, with the first increase on July 1, 2016, the second on July 1, 2017, and the third on July 1, 2018. View fee schedule

    In addition, the Board approved reducing the Unit Contributory Loading (UCL) for an Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU) from 400 gallons per day to 300 gallons per day, effective January 1, 2016.