Charleston County Well, Septic Tank and Connection Program | News

After hosting more than a half dozen workshops to inform income-eligible residents in Charleston County how they can apply for financial help to repair or replace their water and sewer systems, two more dates have been added.

Charleston County Community Development and Revitalization Department is assisting residents who are interested in applying for the Well, Septic Tank and Connection Program, which started in 2008. Additional in-person workshops will be held:

  • Sept. 25, 6-7:30 p.m., St. Paul’s Hollywood Library 5130 Highway 165, Hollywood
  • Sept. 27, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Awendaw Senior Center, 6655 Highway 17 North, Awendaw

To qualify, residents must own their home and earn no more than 80 percent of the area median income — about $66,000 for the average Charleston County household.

The county has around $2 million to help income-eligible residents repair or replace their wells and septic tanks, or connect their homes to existing lines. In addition to an annual grant of about $300,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, County Council voted last summer to allocate about $1.5 million from its American Rescue Plan Act allotment to boost the initiative.

County employees will collect applications on a rolling basis until the funding runs out, verifying property ownership and income eligibility. A construction coordinator then will visit the home to assess whether repairs or replacement is needed.

Connecting a home to existing water and wastewater infrastructure costs the county an average of $10,000. Installing a new well costs about $5,000, and a new septic tank can cost around $8,000.

Interested residents also can apply to the program online at

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