South Carolina - 2012 State Policy Information South Carolina State Flag 

Below are results for South Carolina from the 2011/2012 Water Efficiency and Conservation State Scorecard survey.

Use the links below to jump to a specific question:

Q1. State Agencies Q8. Water Loss Q15. Implementation Requirements
Q2. Toilet Regulations   Q9. Permitting    Q16. State Funding for Conservation
Q3. Showerhead Regulations Q10. Drought Plans Q17. Technical Assistance
Q4. Urinal Regulations Q11. Conservation Plans Q18. Volumetric Billing  
Q5. Clothes Washer Regulations Q12. Authority to Approve Plans Q19. Metered Connections 
Q6. PRSV Regulations Q13. Plan Update Frequency Q20. ET Microclimate Information  
Q7. Building or Plumbing Codes Q14. Planning Framework Additional Information

 

 

 

 

 

 


  1. What state agency or agencies are in charge of drinking water conservation/efficiency?

    Bureau of Water (DHEC)
     
    Land, Water & Conservation Division (DNR)

  2. Does the state have a water consumption regulation for toilets that is more stringent than the federal standard?  

    No

  3. Does the state have a water consumption regulation for showerheads that is more stringent than the federal standard? 

    No
     
  4. Does the state have a water consumption regulation for urinals that is more stringent than the federal standard?

    No
      
  5. Does the state have a water consumption regulation for clothes washers that is more stringent than the federal standard? 

    No

  6. Does the state have a water consumption regulation for pre-rinse spray valves that is more stringent than the federal standard?  

    No

  7. Does the state have mandatory building or plumbing codes requiring water efficient products that exceed the federal standard? 

    No
     
  8. Does the state have any regulations or policies for water utilities regarding water loss in the utility distribution system?  

    No

  9. Does the state require conservation activities as part of its water permitting process or water right permit?

    Yes, but only applicable to groundwater and in designated capacity use areas.

    61 S.C. CODE ANN. REGS. 113(E):

    “1. A person who is required to obtain a Groundwater Withdrawal Permit for an existing or proposed groundwater withdrawal or use under Section D shall submit a permit application on forms, furnished upon request, by the Department… 2. Sufficient documented evidence shall include, but not be limited to, the following… j. A “Best Management Plan” for water use and water conservation designed to protect water quality and reduce water consumption to include, but not limited to, the following, as applicable; 1. Reasonable and appropriate conservation techniques, application processes, and alternate sources of water, including but not limited to, surface water(s) and/or availability of treated effluent, to minimize or eliminate groundwater sources… 3. Maintenance schedule to preserve the integrity and efficient operation of water conveyance system(s)…” 

    61 S.C. CODE ANN. REGS. 113 Text
      
     
  10. Does the state require preparation of drought emergency plans by water utilities or cities on any prescribed schedule?  

    No.   

  11. Does the state have a mandatory planning requirement for potable water conservation/efficiency separate from drought emergency plans?   


    Conservation plans are only required for a subset of groundwater withdrawers of certain quantities in certain designated areas. 

    61 S.C. CODE ANN. REGS. 113(C):

    "The standards contained herein apply to all persons who withdraw or are capable of withdrawing groundwater in excess of three million gallons in any given month from a well or multiple wells under common ownership within a one-mile radius from any one existing or proposed well in South Carolina."

    61 S.C. CODE ANN. REGS. 113(D):

    "1. Before a groundwater withdrawer or proposed groundwater withdrawer in a designated capacity use area can construct a new well or increase the rated capacity of an existing well. . . a permit to construct [shall be] obtained . . . . 2. Before a person may become a groundwater withdrawer in a designated capacity use area . . . a groundwater withdrawal permit [shall be] obtained . . . ."

    61 S.C. CODE ANN. REGS. 113(E):

    "The applicant shall furnish the Department, as determined by the Department, with sufficient documented evidence as described in Section E to aid in evaluating the effect of the existing or proposed groundwater withdrawal . . . 2. Sufficient documented evidence shall include, but not be limited to, the following: . . . . j. A "Best Management Plan" for water use and water conservation designed to protect water quality and reduce water consumption . . . ."

    61 S.C. CODE ANN. REGS. 113 Text

  12. Does the state have the authority to approve or reject the conservation plans? 

    Yes, in that the state can deny a permit application taking the conservation plan into account. 

    61 S.C. CODE ANN. REGS. 113(F)(1):

    "In considering all permit applications, modifications, and revocations, the Department shall consider, but not be limited to, the following: . . . . i. Information provided by the applicant in accordance with Section E [including the conservation plan] . . . ."  
     
    61 S.C. CODE ANN. REGS. 113 Text
     
  13. How often does the state require the water utilities to submit a potable water conservation plan (not part of a drought emergency plan)? 

    Permits are valid for 5 years.

    61 S.C. CODE ANN. REGS. 113(H)(1):

    "No permit shall be issued for a period longer than the following: a. Five (5) years; [or] b. The period found by the Department necessary to conserve and protect the resource, prevent waste, and to provide and maintain conditions which are conducive to the development and use of water resources . . . ."

    61 S.C. CODE ANN. REGS. 113 Text

  14. If the state has a mandatory planning requirement for potable water conservation separate from drought emergency plans, is there a framework or prescribed methodology?

    N/A
     
     
  15. Does the state require water utilities to implement conservation measures, beyond just the preparation and submittal of plans? 

    No

  16. Does the state offer financial assistance to utilities, cities, or counties for urban water conservation programs such as a revolving loan fund? Grants?  Bonds?  Appropriations?

    Nothing beyond the DWSRF and CWSRF.
     
  17. Does the state offer technical assistance for urban water conservation programs? 

    No
     
  18. Does the state require volumetric billing?

    No
     
     
  19. What percentage or number of publicly supplied water connections (residential and nonresidential) are metered in your state?
     
  20. Does the state provide statewide ET microclimate information for urban landscapes?  

    No

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