Water & Sewer

A program to assist with delinquent mortgage and utilities payments is now available for residents. For more information or to enroll, please use the forms below.

Utilities Assistance: Utility Provider Participation Enrollment | Vendor Payment Enrollment

Public Works removes 75 cubic yards of debris from the ditch behind Lake City Library - 503

Florence County Public Works Department staff has cleared 75 cubic yards of overgrowth and debris from the outfall ditch and hedge row located behind the Lake City Branch of the Florence County Library. About 141 feet of open ditch was cleared out in the joint effort by the Florence County Public Works Department and the City of Lake City Public Works Department on March 30.

The ditch was last cleared in 2000 and the clean out is intended to alleviate some of the flooding that occurs on Singletary Avenue, Williamsburg Avenue, and Blanding Street, said Ricky Sims, director of Lake City Public Works and Utilities Services.

The next ditch project the city will address is the drainage issues on Dansing Street. Dansing Street has been closed for several years due to damaged systems. The city’s Public Works Department will begin work on the project shortly and expects it to be completed by May. 

If you have concerns regarding flooding in areas of the city, contact the City of Lake City Public Works at (843) 374-5421, ext. 901.

View of wastewater plant upgrades taken from the sky 

Photo Credit: BRW Construction

Wastewater Treatment Upgrades Underway

US EPA logoUpgrades to the Lake Swamp Wastewater Treatment Plant at Cemetery Road in Lake City are moving along. The project replaces aging equipment at the facility, provides additional biological treatment basins, and improves treatment of discharged wastewater in and near the City of Lake City.

Construction of the improvements iSC DHEC Logos financed by the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and administered by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control with joint funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the State of South Carolina.

Clean Water programs operate around the country to provide states and communities the resources necessary to maintain and improve the infrastructure that protects our valuable water resources.


The Water Department’s primary mission is to provide an adequate and reliable water supply for all household, commercial, community needs, and to sustain and enhance the quality of life by managing wastewater and storm water effectively.

Whether we are providing safe water to residents to drink, supplying water for industries to manufacture goods in Lake City, or protecting our water resources, our main commitment is serving our customers with quality.

Contact Us   

To contact the Water Department for Utility Billing or repairs, please call 843-374-5421 to Initiate a work order or stop by 202 Kelley Street to speak with one of our friendly customer service staff.  If you are new to our area or need to start a new water service, please fill out the Water and Sewer Application.  You can bring it by or email it to nizzard@cityoflakecity.org or administration@cityoflakecity.org.   

Applying for Water  /Sewer Service

To start new service, you must provide the city with a copy of your lease or purchase agreement (if available), your picture ID, and your Social Security card. We will explain the prevailing rates to you when you apply for service.

Disconnect Water / Sewer Service

To arrange to discontinue water or sewer service, you must come to the Water Department at 202 Kelley Street between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and sign a work order. You cannot disconnect services over the phone. Only the account holder will be allowed to terminate service.

Fill a Swimming Pool

If you are planning on filling a swimming pool, you will need to contact our Utility Billing department at (843)374-5421 to be directed to our Utility Billing area to start the process.