Coronavirus Resources for Public Water and Wastewater Utilities, Public-Serving Pools, and Spas
In an effort to provide South Carolina’s water professionals with the most current information and guidance about COVID-19, the Bureau of Water has compiled a listing of guidance and advice for water and wastewater professionals. The links below provide insight going forward as more details and guidance about COVID-19 are shared by EPA, CDC, and water research professionals.
Governor McMaster requests that all utilities serving the state of South Carolina do not suspend or disconnect essential services for nonpayment during the current state of emergency.
With the execution of Executive Order No. 2020-17 by the Governor Henry McMaster: All Public Swimming Pools and Spas in the state of SC must be Closed by Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 5:00 pm. The Department does require that all public swimming pool and spas must be closed a sign posted stating "No Swimming" or "Pool Closed" on the affected pool or pool enclosure, and that the pool area must be locked to patron access.
With the execution of Executive Order 2020-16 by Governor Henry McMaster he is requiring closure of all Public Beach Access Points, Public Peirs, Public Docks, Public Wharfs, Public Boat Ramps, and Public Boat Landings for the duration of the state of emergency. With the execution of Executive Order 2020-17 by Governor Henry McMaster he is requiring closure of all non essential businesses. DHEC does include Public Beach Access on Freshwater Locations in these Executive Orders. At this time the Department in accordance with Executive Order 2020-16 and 2020-17 is requiring the closure of all Natural Swimming Areas in the state of South Carolina for the duration of the state of emergency.
Regulatory Compliance Assistance
The Water Programs continue focus on protecting the public and the environment during this national and state emergency. However, we are also aware that this an extraordinary time. Consequently, as part of the overall approach of the Office of Environmental Affairs, the Water Programs will consider actions that may be taken to bring some degree of certainty to our permittees during this very impactful and uncertain period. The overview of this initiative can be found here and includes an e-mail address to submit requests for regulatory relief consideration due to the COVID-19 pandemic:
Request for relief must be clearly and directly related to the COVID-19 event. The justification submitted should conform to and will be evaluated using the guidance issued by USEPA.
Water Regulatory Relief
- The deadline to submit DMRs to ePermitting has extended from April 2020 to May 31, 2020. Permittees may submit by paper or by using the ePermitting option.
- Project Questionnaires for State Revolving Fund (SRF) consideration for State Fiscal Year 2021 will be accepted until April, 24, 2020.
- The due date for NPDES wastewater permit-required testing and reports that fall within the next 30 days has been extended to April 30, 2020.
- The Stormwater Permitting Program is allowing for email submittals of NOIs for coverage under the NPDES Construction General Permit
- The deadline for small MS4s to submit their annual reports has been extended until June 1, 2020.
USEPA & CDC Water Guidance
- EPA - Guidance for Waste & Wastewater - COVID-19
- CDC - Water Transmission and COVID-19
- EPA - Releases List of Disinfectants to Use Against COVID-19
- EPA Expands COVID-19 Disinfectant List
Other Water Information
- Water Environment Federation – Water Professional’s Guide to COVID-19
- Water Environment Federation – Q&A: COVID-19
- University of Arizona – Survival of Coronaviruses in Water and Wastewater
- WHO - Water, Sanitation, Hygiene, and Waste Management for COVID-19
Regulatory Compliance Assistance
- EPA - COVID-19 Implications for EPA's Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Program Memo
- EPA - Temporary Advisory for NPDES Reporting in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic Memo
- Essential Infrastructure Workforce - Homeland Security
- EPA - Letter to Governors re: Essential Infrastructure Function
- CDC - Interim Guidance for Businesses & Employers