Citizens Academy

Citizens Academy (JPG)


Utility operations are fascinating and very few people understand what it takes to bring safe, reliable, and affordable drinking water to their homes, or to safely handle wastewater and protect the environment. The Citizens Academy is designed to expand customer access to Charleston Water System through education and hands-on activities.Participants will become knowledgeable about key water issues, daily operational activities and challenges, and more through interaction with CWS executives, department leaders, and staff. The program begins in September and meets for six consecutive Tuesday evenings. All sessions offer a full dinner, snacks, and refreshments.

2022 Citizens Academy:
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*Accepting applications through August 31

We'll select 40 applicants to participate in this free, six-week hands-on customer education program that provides an opportunity to explore the utility’s core water and sewer functions with direct access to more than 50 employees from all levels of the organization. Behind-the-scenes access will allow participants to become knowledgeable about key water and sewer issues, daily operational activities and challenges, and regional long-term strategies. All sessions include a catered dinner and a two-hour class.

Tue., Sept. 13   
Program kickoff, where your water comes from.
5 p.m. dinner/6 p.m. class
CWS Administration Building: 103 St. Philip St., Charleston, SC 29403

Tue., Sept. 20
What’s in your water, how it’s treated, and facility tour.

4 p.m. dinner/5 p.m. class
CWS Hanahan Water Treatment Plant: 1104 Hanahan Rd., Hanahan, SC 29406

Tue., Sept. 27
How water gets to your home, water meters, dispatch, inventory, and facility tour.

4 p.m. dinner/5 p.m. class:
CWS Hobson Operations Center: 1256 Supply St., North Charleston, SC 29405

Tue., Oct. 4
Sewers are fascinating and wastewater treatment is amazing!
5 p.m. dinner/6 p.m. class:
CWS Administration Building: 103 St. Philip St., Charleston, SC 29403

Tue., Oct. 11
CEO for a Day: Wateropolis By Raftelis
5 p.m. dinner/6 p.m. class:
CWS Administration Building: 103 St. Philip St., Charleston, SC 29403

Tue., Oct. 18
Customers are #1, competitive knowledge activity, graduation ceremony.
5 p.m. dinner/6 p.m. class:
CWS Administration Building: 103 St. Philip St., Charleston, SC 29403

Citizens Academy Inaugural Class 2019
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