Ashley River Waterline

About this Project

Charleston Water System is constructing a new waterline that will stretch from North Charleston to West Ashley. The project will begin in December of 2016. Our contractor (R.H. Moore) will begin the Fort Bull area near West Ashley and continue up Ashley River Road—just shy of the Shadowmoss community. From there, the waterline will turn toward the Ashley River, where we will use directional drilling technology to place the waterline underneath the River. On the North Charleston side of the Ashley, construction will continue until we connect the new waterline with existing waterlines near the corner of Dorchester Road and West Montague Avenue.

The new waterline will be 36 inches in diameter. In all, we will construct approximately 2.8 miles of new waterline to connect to our existing infrastructure. The project will cost approximately $15.5 million.

Why are we building a new waterline?

Our new waterline will replace a 24-inch waterline that was abandoned nearly a decade ago due to persistent leaks. The new 36-inch waterline will be the third connection across or under the Ashley River. Charleston Water System plans for the future to make sure we have redundant systems in place for a variety of reasons, and this new waterline will meet those needs.

Once completed, the new Ashley River waterline will enhance fire protection for the areas it serves and help meet demand at peak usage times. The new waterline will also help meet demand related to growth.

Work is expected to be complete by Fall of 2017.

What can the community expect during the project?

Our contractor will work to minimize disruptions during the project. However, there may be times where you will temporarily lose water. Our contractor or Charleston Water staff will notify you beforehand.

During the project, you may notice construction equipment, silt fencing, and “open cutting” necessary to construct the waterline. Please stay away from the construction area, and use caution when travelling around the work zone.

During the project, crews will be sure to work to minimize any disruption to the natural environment and wildlife. After the project, we will repair any open cut areas and re-seed the grass. 

Ashley Project Map