Dorchester County Water & Sewer requires new developments within our service area to comply with high standards to ensure the quality of the water distribution and wastewater collection systems. The standards are established by:
The Minimum Standards document includes the technical and permitting requirements of new water distribution and sanitary sewer extensions. They were designed to comply with:
Plans SubmissionThe submission of new plans is reviewed and approved according to the guidelines stated above. The Department receives plans directly through developers as well as from the Dorchester County Codes/Planning Department. A summary of the typical requirements can be found in the Water and Sewer Department’s Development Guide. Approval of submitted plans may require the payment of impact and connection fees. An outline of the fees can be found by clicking here. A letter of availability will not be issued until service is approved by the Water & Sewer Committee.
New Service Connection
To establish a new water and/or sewer connection, you need to complete the Service Availability form. The form must be filled out completely to avoid any delays in processing.
Once the completed form is received, field personnel will be dispatched to determine if a tap is available at the location requested. The field personnel will complete this within 3 - 4 working days. If no tap is available, the request will be forwarded to the DCWS Engineering Department for presentation to the County Council. County Council will review the proposal for approval before the installation of a new service tap.
Forms can be returned to the Department by:
Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mail to 235 Deming Way, Summerville SC 29483
- Fax to 843-563-0347 or 843-832-0347
Additional information can be provided by the Engineering Department (843) 832-0075.