Legal and Other Requirements

Charleston Water System must comply with numerous laws, regulations, standards, and other requirements in our daily operations. The following is a list of these requirements, along with a web address to the requirement, if available.

For more information about this list, please send us an email or call 843-727-6856.
Title of Rule, Policy, or Law
General Subject Covered
Document Web Address
American Water Works Association Standards
Standards & guidelines for procedures, equipment & chemicals for use in operations.
Website
AWWA Partnership for Safe Water Program (PSW)
Voluntary Water Treatment Plant Performance Program
Website
Environmental Protection and Conservation, Chapter 57 - Environmental Audit Privilege and Voluntary Disclosure
Limited Protection from disclosure of Internal Environmental Audit information to the public.  Website
FCC (Federal Communication Commission) Regulation Title 47-Telecommunication part 17-Antenna Structures   Regulations regarding specifications to protect SCADA antenna structures, which ensure data communications for operational activities 
Website
Federal Water Pollution Control Act (Clean Water Act)
Regulates discharges into waterways
Website
Homeland Security Act
Sec. 201 requires a vulnerability assessment to be conducted of critical infrastructure assets 
Website
International Standards Organization (ISO) 14001 Standard
Procedures for environmental operations and ISO 14001 Certification.
Website
National Sanitation Foundation Standards, 60 and 61 (NSF)
Listing of chemicals, products and suppliers with approval certification for potable water contact. 
Website
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Public Health Security and Bio-terrorism Response Act
Requirements regarding public water systems vulnerability assessments and emergency response plans for various emergencies. 
Website
SC Board of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation
Regulate Operators and Engineers 
Website
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SC DHEC (Dept. of Health and Environment Control) – Bureau of Air Quality, “Air Pollution Control Regulations and Standards,” R.61-62   Regulations pertaining to the certification and operation of emergency power generators (See 61-62, Section II, F.2.e for permit requirements & exemptions) Regulations for the operation of boilers (Operations Center), R.61-62.5
Website
SC DHEC – Bureau of Air Quality, “Emergency Planning & Community Right to Know Act”, EPCRA/SARA, Title III (Risk Management Program)   Hazardous chemical storage and spill communication and reporting
Website
SC DHEC – Bureau of Land and Waste Management, “Hazardous Waste Management,” R.61-79   Regulations for the managing of hazardous waste, to include: types of hazardous wastes, handling, storage and abatement (SC Hazardous Waste Management Act; US Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act
Website
SC DHEC – Bureau of Land and Waste Management, “Oil Pollution Prevention and Response, Non-Transportation-related Onshore and Offshore Facilities,” Final Rule 40 CFR, Part 112   Spill Prevention Countermeasure and Control (SPCC)
Website
SC DHEC – Bureau of Land and Waste Management, “Solid Waste Management,” R.61-107   Minimum criteria for municipal solid waste landfills. Annual report of all items recycled by CWS. 
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SC DHEC – Bureau of Land and Waste Management, “Underground Storage Tank Control Regulations,” 40 CFR, Part 280, 281 
Underground Storage Tank testing requirements
Website
SC DHEC – Bureau of Water, “Land Application Permit (ND)” Regulation, R.61-9.505 
Regulation of land application of WTP residuals and treated effluent.  Website
SC DHEC – Bureau of Water, “Sanitary Sewer Overflow Compliance and Enforcement” 
Guidelines for Sanitary System Overflows (Spill calculation and reporting guidelines)
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SC DHEC – Bureau of Water, SC Pollution Control Act (Clean Water Act); Water Pollution Control Permits, R.61-9
SC DHEC – Bureau of Water, SC Pollution Control Act (Clean Water Act); Water Pollution Control Permits, R.61-9 Regulates discharges into waterways. Includes Land Application permitting, NPDES permitting, Sludge programs, Wastewater construction permitting, TMDL levels, etc.
Website
SC DHEC - Bureau of Water, "Standards for Wastewater Facility Construction,” R.61-67"   State Regulations governing the construction of wastewater facilities 
Website
SC DHEC – Bureau of Water, “State Primary Drinking Water Regulations,” R.61-58 
State primary drinking water regulations and permitting requirements. (i.e. permit to construct, permit to operate)
Website
SC DHEC – Bureau of Water, “Standards for Stormwater Management & Sediment Reduction,” R.72-300 thru R.72-316 
Establish Permit application requirements for storm water discharges 
Website
SC DHEC - Office of Environmental Laboratory Certification, “Lab Certification Regulations,” R.61-81 
State standards for laboratory certification 
Website
SC DHEC – Office of Ocean & Coastal Resource Management Regulations (SC Coastal Zone Management Act, title 48, chapter 39) 
Wetlands Management, Permitting, and Regulations
Website
SC Freedom of Information Act 
State law governing access to public records. 
Website
SC Public Records Act 
Statutory basis for the records management program. 
Website
SC Underground Utility Protection Act
Mandates the location & marking of underground utilities prior to excavation. 
Website
US Army Corps of Engineers , Wetlands Rehabilitation Act, 33 CFR, Part 320 
Responsible for Wetlands Determination, Department of the Army Permit, and 404 Applications. 
Website
US Dept. of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Admin., CFR 49, Part 397 
Hazmat Transportation and enforcement 
Website
US EPA (Region 4) - CMOM: Guide to Collection and Transmission System Management, Operation and Maintenance 
Guidance document for the development of a Utility Management, Operation and Maintenance Program for sewerage infrastructure. 
Website
US EPA - Standards for the Use and Disposal of Sewage Sludge, Section 503 of the CWA
Guide to Monitoring, Record keeping, & Reporting of Biosolids Disposal.
Website

Note: These are links to other web sites. Charleston Water System is not responsible for the content of these sites and cannot guarantee availability of the most recent versions. For more information, please contact the regulating body.