The Dorchester County system is a combined waterworks and sewer system owned and operated by the County through its Water and Sewer Department and serves a portion of Dorchester County. The County held a successful referendum in 1981 which authorized the County to provide water and sewer services. Prior to that time, water and sewer service was provided by municipalities and private developers which constructed and operated water and sewer systems within particular areas of the County.
Water service is provided in portions of the County by the Department, Summerville Commissioners of Public Works, Charleston Water Systems, the Town of Ridgeville, the Town of Harleyville, the Town of St. George and the Dorchester County Water Authority, a special purpose district with authority to serve certain assigned areas of the County not served by other water providers. Of the total area of the County of 575 square miles, the Department’s designated service area includes 359 square miles, of which 14 square miles is presently being served.
The Department provides sewer service to residential, commercial and industrial users in portions of the County through a system of pump stations and transmission lines with treatment plants located at the Lower Dorchester County Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) and the Upper Dorchester County Treatment Plant.
|Customer Service Representative
||Provide assistance with the starting and ending of service, billing, payments, adjustments, water breaks and sewer backups and provide information for work order completion to other divisions within the Water and Sewer Department.
||The new construction division is responsible for the construction and repair of the water distribution lines and the sewer collection system.
||The Pump Station division is responsible for operating, maintaining the County's 121 pump stations.
||The valve maintenace team is responsible for locating, operating and maintaining the water distribution system valves and fire hydrant maintenance and flushing.
|Upper Treatment Plant
||The Upper Treatment Plant division is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the St. George Plant. This includes taking daily samples to ensure the water leaving the plant (effluent flow) is of the highest quailty.
||The Water Division is on call 24/7 and is responsible for the operation and maintenance of 8 water wells and towers and all the county fire hydrants.
|Water Meter Readers and Work Order
||The water meter readers are on call 24/7 and are responsible for monthly readings of all water meters in service area and the replacement of broken water meter registers, meter boxes, lids, etc.
||The Engineering Department is on call 24/7 and is responsible for the review and approval of all water and sewer construction plans and drawings, inspections of manhole, sewer tap, main line and smoke testing, surveying, SC811 utility locates, GIS, pretreatment, Fats Oils and Grease (FOG) program, new service requests and managing construction projects.