Water Management & COVID-19

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



USEPA & CDC Water Guidance

Worker Safety

Other Water Information

Regulatory Compliance Assistance