Charleston Water System Named a Best Place to Work in South Carolina For Seventh Consecutive Year

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Water System (CWS) ranked as one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina for the seventh consecutive year in a program offered by SC Biz News, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and Best Companies Group. Awards and final rankings for each of the 70 honorees will be presented at a banquet August 3 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, South Carolina.

“Our most valuable resource is our people,” said Kin Hill, CEO at CWS. “I’m so gratified to work with such a committed and passionate team dedicated to our mission to protect public health and the environment by providing clean water services of exceptional quality and value.”

CWS offers a competitive benefits package including health and dental coverage, generous vacation time and sick leave, short and long-term disability coverage, an optional vision plan, pre-tax medical and child care flex spending accounts, and supplementary health insurance plans. They also offer prescription drug coverage, tax deferred compensation programs, life insurance and participation in the South Carolina Retirement System.

CWS salaries and hourly pay are market-based and very competitive. Employees are offered college tuition reimbursement, training and professional development through Trident Technical College, the opportunity to earn a water or wastewater operator's license, and a Team Incentive Program that rewards the successful completion of special projects throughout the year. CWS also encourages its staff to join professional associations such as the American Water Works Association, Water Environment Federation, Government Finance Officers Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, and many others.

“This award reflects the quality of the programs and services we offer to our employees, and it helps us recruit talented people seeking a workplace where they can flourish while feeling genuinely appreciated by their employer,” said John Atkinson, HR Director at CWS. “We’re a great big family here, and we’re very proud to employ people who genuinely care for our customers, the product they produce, and each other.”

Founded in 1917 and celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2017, CWS is as a public water and wastewater utility that provides water service to more than 400,000 people in the greater Charleston area, sewer service to more than 180,000 people, and currently employs more than 400 associates. If you’re looking to make a difference in the community while helping protect public health and the environment, view open positions and submit an application at their secure online job application system at