Our Benefits

When it comes to benefits, you can't beat our package! From health insurance to holidays and retirement, our employment benefits are top notch.

Charleston Water System is an at-will , drug-free, equal opportunity employer.

Annual Leave

Annual leave is accrued weekly, and increases in five-year intervals of service. Associates can carry over two times their annual accrual each year.

Paid Holidays

  • Floating Personal Holiday
  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day

Health and Dental Insurance

We offer two health insurance plans for all active associates, their spouses and/or dependents, retirees, and COBRA participants. 

Prescription Drug Coverage

Prescription drug coverage is included in our health insurance plans.


We're a member of the South Carolina Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA)

SC Deferred Compensation Program

Associates have the option of contributing to a 401K Plan and/or 457 Plan. We do not match an associate's contributions to these plans.

Sick Leave

Accrued weekly.

Long Term Disability

Associates who are ill or injured may be eligible for Long Term Disability after being out of work for 90 days. This benefit pays 60% of an associate's gross salary and is non-taxable.

Life Insurance

For active associates, life insurance benefits are equal to an associate's annual salary. Upon retirement from CWS, the amount is reduced.

Other Benefits

  • Weekly pay and direct deposit of paychecks
  • Tuition reimbursement for college courses
  • Pre-tax medical & child care flexible spending accounts
  • Professional development classes
  • Free parking for downtown office location
  • Participation in professional associations