Fees

Water Connection Fees

The Authority will not provide a free water tap. The Authority will install a service connection to the property line of the user. The service connections and meters are the property of the Authority and only duly authorized employees or agents of the Authority are to install and maintain them. Charges for larger meters will be based on actual cost.

Tap Fees for Residential Customers
Meter Size Total Service Meter Only
3/4″ $1,200.00 $500.00
1″ $1,550.00 $600.00
2″ $3,450.00  $1,000.00

 

Tap Fees for Industrial/Commercial Customers
(Authority Installs the Tap, Meter and all Associated Appurtenances)

Meter Size Total Service
3/4″ $1,200.00
1″ $1,550.00
2″ $3,450.00
3” $3,000.00 + cost of materials
4” $5,000.00 + cost of materials
6” $10,000.00 + cost of materials
8” $16,000.00 + cost of materials

 

Tap Fees for Industrial/Commercial Customers
(Customer Installs the Tap, and All Associated Appurtenances, But Purchases the Meter from the Authority)
Meter Size Tap Fee
3/4 “ Actual Cost of Meter + $100 processing fee
1 “ Actual Cost of Meter + $100 processing fee
2 “  Actual Cost of Meter + $100 processing fee
3 “ Actual Cost of Meter + $100 processing fee
4 “ Actual Cost of Meter + $100 processing fee
6 “ Actual Cost of Meter + $100 processing fee
8 “ Actual Cost of Meter + $100 processing fee
Larger than 8" Charges for I/C meters larger than 8” will based on actual cost and will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

 

Other Fees

  • Other fees to be charged as appropriate in accordance with this schedule and prevailing market conditions of supplies, contractors, and any other related cost.
  • Water taps that involve special conditions such as removal of pavement, concrete sidewalks, and any other special or unique installation will be charged for the actual cost of installation.
  • Water meter will be placed at the property line of the user’s property.
  • The Authority will have the final decision as to the location.
  • In areas of heavy traffic, congestion, and/or large services, the meter may be located on a user’s property such that it would not be exposed to damage.
  • Customers may be charged for damaged meters at the discretion of the Authority.

Edgefield/Johnston/Trenton Sewer Connection Fees
Tap Size Total Service
4″ Actual Cost - not less than $3,500.00
6″ Actual Cost – not less than $4,000.00
8″ Actual Cost – not less than $5,000.00
  • The Authority will not provide free sewer taps.
  • The Authority will install a service connection to the property line of the user.
  • The service connections are the property of the Authority and only duly authorized employees or agents of the Authority are to install and maintain them.
  • Sewer taps that involve special conditions such as removal of pavement, concrete sidewalks, and any other special or unique installation will be charged for the actual cost of installation.
  • An inspection of the sewer connection by the County Inspector is required when the plumber has made his connection to the sewer service prior to backfilling.
Regional Sewer System Connection Fees

Tap Fee

Equals Actual Cost

Other Fees

To be charged as appropriate in accordance with this schedule.
  • The Authority will not provide free sewer taps.
  • The Authority will install a service connection (service force main) to the property line of the user.
  • The service connections are the property of the
  • Authority and only authorized agents of the Authority are to install and maintain them.
Fire Protection Service Fees

Installation of fire hydrant

 Equals Actual Cost

 

No Impact Fees for Commercial, Industrial or Residential Customers within Service Area of Authority

Delegated Review Fees - Sewer System

Charge for ECWSA

$425.00

Charge for SCDHEC

 

$ 75.00
Total  $500.00
Aiken County Capacity Fee Equals  $564.60 per 1,000 gallons per day.

 

Security Deposits
Owner Deposit Water System Equals $60.00
Owner Deposit Sewer System Equals $40.00
Rental Deposit Water System Equals $80.00
Rental Deposit Sewer System Equals $40.00

 

Transfer of Deposit

Good Payment History – no more than 2 penalties in a 12-month period.

Must pay current bill and $25.00 Administrative Fee.
No Deposit on account or less than 12-month history must pay new deposit.
 Must show proof of ownership or must pay rental deposit.

 

Administrative Fee

Water and Sewer Systems

Equals $25.00
Meter Reading Recheck Fee Equals $25.00

 

Sampling Fees
Bacteriological Test  $100.00 each

 

Water Main Extension Fees

 POLICY & FEES

 This policy is intended only for extension of ECWSA water mains for potential residential users.  Commercial, industrial, and other developers please refer to ECWSA’s Development Policies.

  1. Customers who wish to have ECWSA water mains extended to their property for service are subject to bear the entire cost of such extensions to their properties.
  2. ECWSA will refund a portion of the engineering costs for the line extension, not to exceed $5,000. This refund will only occur if the extension is constructed and receives an approval to place into operation from SCDHEC.
  3. ECWSA will not charge a tap fee or set meter fee on the line extension, provided all materials have been installed for the tap, excluding the meter.
  4. ECWSA will charge all appropriate security deposit fees.

RESPONSIBILITIES

 This section will outline the responsibilities of each party, further referred to as the Customer (person wanting line extension) and ECWSA.

  Customer Responsibilities:

  • Contact ECWSA if water mains can be extended to the property in question.
  • Contract with a registered engineer, licensed in South Carolina, to prepare plans and specifications for construction of the water main extension.
  • Submit plans to ECWSA for comments and approval.
  • Submit plans to SCDHEC for issuance of a construction permit.
  • Coordinate with ECWSA for any needed SCDOT encroachment permits.
  • If any private easements are required, coordinate with ECWSA and ECWSA legal representation. All cost associated with easement acquirement are the responsibility of the customer.
  • Obtain a contractor that is licensed by SCLLR to install underground water utilities.
  • Coordinate with ECWSA for a Pre-Construction meeting to include the Customer, Customer’s Engineer, Contractor, and ECWSA.
  • Hydrostatically test the water main after construction. Customer’s engineer to witness this test.
  • Collect bacteriological samples from the new water main. A minimum of two samples that are negative for the presence of coliforms are required by SCDHEC.  This will be done at a SCDHEC approved lab.
  • Customer’s engineer will submit a package to SCDHEC for an approval to place into operation.

ECWSA RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Discuss with customer if line extension is feasible, including a preliminary cost estimate
  • Coordinate with Customer and Customer’s engineer during the design and approval phases
  • Provide documents and letters (O&M, Willingness to Serve) to Customer’s engineer for SCDHEC Construction Permit Application
  • Coordinate with Customer for SCDOT Encroachment Permit
  • Inspect project during construction
  • Provide Final O&M Letter once project is installed to ECWSA’s Specifications and Standards
  • Install water meter in meter box once SCDHEC Approval to Place into Operation has been received.
  • Reimburse Customer Engineering Cost, not to exceed $5,000.

Developer's Fees:

  • Plan Review, Permitting & Processing Fee

            Review, process, and permit plans of developers who wish to expand the system are required to pay a fee of $500.

  • Hydrant Flow Testing Fee

The Authority charges $50 for each flow test that requires Authority staff.  Developer’s Engineer or representative must also be present to witness the flow test.

  • Bacteriological Testing

The Authority allows the developer and engineer a choice:  Sampling of the newly added lines by a SCDHEC approved lab of the developers choosing at the cost of the developer or the Authority will sample for the developer at a cost of $100 per sample.

  • Pressure Test Observation

The developer’s engineer is to witness or observe pressure tests.  If the Authority is asked to witness a test for a developer or contractor, a fee of $50 would be charged.  If the Authority is in the course of routine inspection and witness’s a test, there is no charge.


Outside Holding Tank Waste - 
ECWSA will not accept outside holding tank waste effective 07/01/2015

CHANGE OF LOCATION OR SIZE OF SERVICE AND METERS AND SEWER SERVICE

Should a user desire to change the location of a water or sewer service serving a particular property to another location on the same property, the Authority will move the service at the user’s expense based on fee’s listed below.

¾”

$425.00

1”

$525.00

Large Meters

Actual Cost

Should the Authority desire to move or improve a water or sewer service to provide better service to the user, then the Authority will bear the expense of moving the service.

A user desiring to increase the size of water service will receive $ 100 credit off the price of a new tap fee.  All other sizes will require payment of a complete new tap fee.

A water service or sewer service can not be transferred from one property to another.