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Water Meter and Sewer Taps

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Important Notices

  • Effective September 16, 2016, the City of Columbia will be changing credit card processors. Credit card transactions processed through this portal will incur additional costs collected by this processor for delivering this service. For More Information PDF document
     
  • Portions of the Water and Sewer Rates Ordinance have been updated. See Recently Updated Ordinance No. 2015-013 PDF document (1/26/2015) for updated Sec. 23-148. Sewer Tapping Fees and Sec. 23-152. Sewer Expansion Fee.

 

 

How to Apply
How to Apply

Inside City Limits | Contiguous With City Limits
Outside City Limits | Fire Hydrant Meter | Fire Hydrant Flow Testing
Application Forms | Fees
 

Application and payment for water and/or sanitary sewer service(s) must be made by the property owner, with the Special Services section of the Administration Division. You may contact the office at 545-3400 to confirm the availability of water and sewer prior to application, and to confirm water meter and sewer tap fees. 

 

 

Property inside City limits

  • The property owner must come in person to the 7th floor of 1136 Washington St.
     
  • The owner will be asked to:
    1. Fill out the New Water and/or Sewer Service Agreement (Sample Agreement PDF document).
       
    2. Provide the tax map number and property address.
       
    3. Make payment for the new water meter and/or sewer tap at the time of application. See the schedule of Water Tap/ Meter Fees PDF documentMain Line Tap Fees PDF document and Sanitary Sewer Tap Fees PDF document.
       
    4. If the owner cannot come in person, they must designate a representative to come in on their behalf and complete the Special Power of Attorney Form PDF document following the instructions of that form. 

 

 

Property contiguous with City limits

  • The property owner must contact the Planning Department prior to coming in person to the 7th floor of 1136 Washington St.
     
  • The owner will be asked to:
    1. Submit a copy of the recorded deed and plat to the Planning Department.
       
    2. Complete a petition for annexation with the City's Planning Department . Visit the Planning Department's Annexation Page for more information. You can also contact the Planning Department staff at 545-3222 if you have any questions about petitioning to be annexed.
       
    3. Once the petition for annexation is applied for, fill out the New Water and/or Sewer Service Agreement (Sample Agreement PDF document).
       
    4. Make payment for the new water meter and/or sewer tap at the time of application. See the schedule of Water Tap/ Meter Fees PDF documentMain Line Tap Fees PDF document and Sanitary Sewer Tap Fees PDF document.
       
    5. If the owner cannot come in person, they must designate a representative to come in on their behalf and complete the Special Power of Attorney Form PDF document following the instructions of that form. 

 

 

Property outside City limits

  • Prior to applying, the owner must provide a copy of the current recorded deed.
     
  • The property owner must come in person to the 7th floor of 1136 Washington St.
     
  • The owner will be asked to:
    1. Fill out the New Water and/or Sewer Service Agreement (Sample Agreement PDF document).
       
    2. Make payment for the new water meter and/or sewer tap at the time of application. See the schedule of Water Tap/ Meter Fees PDF documentMain Line Tap Fees PDF document and Sanitary Sewer Tap Fees PDF document.
       
    3. If the owner cannot come in person, they must designate a representative to come in on their behalf and complete the Special Power of Attorney Form PDF document following the instructions of that form. 

 

 

New fire hydrant meter

  • The property owner must come in person to the 7th floor of 1136 Washington St.
     
  • The owner will be asked to:
    1. Fill out the Fire Hydrant Permit Application (Sample Agreement PDF document).
       
    2. Make payment for the new water meter and/or sewer tap at the time of application. See the schedule of Fire Hydrant Fees PDF document.
       
    3. If the owner cannot come in person, they must designate a representative to come in on their behalf and complete the Special Power of Attorney Form PDF document following the instructions of that form. 

 

 

Fire hydrant flow testing

 

 

Application Forms

 

 

Schedules of Fees

 

 

 

Installation
Installation

Approved Contractors PDF document - These contractors are approved to install main line taps for connection plans for a protectus type meter and the protectus type meters within the City of Columbia Water and Sewer Service Area.

 

3/4" - 42" Main Line Tap

This is considered an excavation in a city or state right-of-way to provide a new service to a property and may require special permits. The Water Division estimates 6-8 weeks for this type of installation after application for service has been made.
 

Procedure:

  1. Review property, obtain/submit all encroachments.
  2. Schedule work crews.
  3. Install tap/meter.

 

 

 

3/4" - 10" Meter Installation Only

This is considered as a service line connection with meter box visible and prepared for meter installation. The Water Division recommends 21 workdays for this type of installation after application for service is made.
 

Procedure:

  1. Review property.
  2. Schedule work crews.
  3. Owner locate tap/meter box.
  4. Install meter.
     

When installing meters, which have stub-outs/taps, it is crucial that developers, owners, contractors, etc. locate the stub-outs/taps (meter box). When existing stub-outs/taps are not visible, it may be necessary to pay an additional fee for a stub-out/tap to be made. This also may require an encroachment permit and take approximately 6-8 weeks.

 

 

 

Definitions

Permit A permit is an authorization to work on state or local right-of-way for excavation purposes. Permits from state and county generally require 2-4 weeks for processing.
 

Stub-out A water service that has been previously installed at the property line, consisting of a valve in a meter box.
 

Main Line Tap A connection to an existing water main that requires excavation in the road right-of-way or possibly boring under or digging across a roadway.
 

Locate State law requires all excavators/operators to call Palmetto Utility Protection Services (PUPS) 72 hours before any excavation. This notifies all utility companies of the intent to dig in case they have underground lines in the area, such as telephone, electric, gas, etc.

 

 

 

Payment Options
Payment Options

Walk-In Payments

 

Payments Accepted:
Meter and Sewer Tap Fees, Testing Fees
 

Location:
Utilities and Engineering
7th Floor, 1339 Main St.
1136 Washington Street
Columbia SC 29201
 

Payment Methods:
Cash, Check, Credit Card
 

Fees: Schedule of fees for basic services. Credit card processing will incur additional fees. See Updates above.

Hours: 8:30 - 5:00 M-F
 

Phone: (803) 545-3400
 

Payment Restrictions:
Application and payment must be made by the property owner
 

Property inside City limits:
You may contact the office at 545-3400 to confirm the availability of water and sewer prior to application, and to confirm water meter and sewer tap fees.
 

Property contiguous with City limits:
The property owner must contact the Planning Department prior to coming in person to the 7th floor of 1136 Washington St.
 

Property outside City limits:
Prior to applying, the owner must provide a copy of the current recorded deed.
 

The property owner must come in person to the 7th floor of 1136 Washington St.
 

New fire hydrant meter:
Prior to applying, the owner must provide a copy of the current recorded deed.
 

Fire hydrant flow testing
For property owners in need of a pressure test.
 

Click below to see:
Available services
Available fees
Available forms

 

 

 

Additional Information
Additional Information

 

 

 

Contact Us
Contact Us

(803) 545-3400
1136 Washington St.
Columbia, SC 29201

 

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