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 Tuesday, Sept. 17 and will meet for six, consecutive Tuesday evenings. All sessions offer dinner and refreshments at 5:30 p.m. with class starting promptly at 6:00 p.m. and lasting until 8:00 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 17: Program kickoff: Who we are and what we do.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 24: CEO for a day. This session will last until 8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 1: What’s in your water and how it’s treated. (Includes tour of Hanahan Water Treatment Plant)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 8: How water gets to and from your home.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 15: Wastewater treatment is fascinating!
  • Tuesday, Oct. 22: Customers are #1 (Graduation ceremony).


Applications are now open though Friday, Aug. 16. Must be 18 or older to participate. Preference will be given to Charleston Water System water and/or sewer customers. Selected applicants will be notified by Friday, Aug. 30.



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