Powerful Partnerships

Utilities often tackle big challenges by working together in various ways to combine their strengths.  The case studies below illustrate some of the ways that utilities can partner for long-term success.

Union, Carlisle & Lockhart

With the help of a Regional Feasibility Planning Grant from RIA, the City of Union works with two smaller neighbors to consider the potential for regional partnerships.

Lowcountry Regional Water System

In 2012, several entities in Hampton County came together to form a new water system under the Joint Authority Water and Sewer Systems Act.

Joint Municipal WSC & Batesburg-Leesville

The Town of Batesburg-Leesville and Joint Municipal Water and Sewer Commission are teaming up to address a longstanding consent order. Photo of Batesburg-Leesville Mayor Lancer Shull provided by Jim Mitchell.
Funding Assistance

There are funding resources available to support these partnership efforts. RIA’s Regional Feasibility Planning grant provides funds for studies of existing conditions and the regional solutions that might address identified issues. SRF principal forgiveness funds can be used for both regional planning and implementation of regional efforts. Both RIA and SRF prioritize construction projects that advance a regional partnership. Use the links below to learn more.

Organizational Options for Utilities

There are a number of ways that utilities in South Carolina can legally be organized, from municipalities to special purpose districts to joint authorities. These options present opportunities for communities to build the utilities that work for them. The document below gives an overview of each type and how it can be established.

Utility Viability Overview

Learn more about initiatives to support the long-term viability of utilities in South Carolina.

Technical Assistance

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Viability Toolkit

Download an interactive self-assessment tool to identify system viability issues and browse other free tools and resources.