The Horry County Stormwater Department maintains drainage systems in Horry County. They also conduct mosquito spraying and issue stormwater permits.
To report a drainage or water quality problem, please call the hotline: 843-381-8000.
Rainwater stored in rain barrels has many uses. Some people find it mostly
useful for watering their landscapes and gardens. If you’re
harvesting rainwater with rain barrels to use for watering your
landscaping, the rainwater can help to improve the health of your gardens,
lawns, and trees. Rain is a naturally soft water and devoid of minerals,
chlorine, fluoride, and other chemicals. For this reason, plants respond
very well to rainwater. After all, it’s what plants in the wild
thrive on! Also, This extra water can have a significant impact
on your water bill.
Wetlands help regulate the quantity of water moving through a watershed by
retaining water during wet periods and releasing it during dry periods. A
watershed may have a few large wetlands, many smaller ones, or any
combination that provides the necessary storage capacity. All wetlands,
small or large, are essential to the proper functioning of a watershed.
Your wetland, however small, is valuable both for its own intrinsic merits
and for its contributions to your watershed.
When houses are located in low-lying or flat areas, homeowners might need
to install some type of lawn drainage to prevent flooding, standing water
and damage to the home’s foundation. There are many types of lawn
drainage systems, and many houses already have built-in systems. If the
house doesn’t have a natural method of removing water from the yard,
such as drainage slopes or drainage ditches, the homeowner might consider
installing French drains, channel drains, or an underground drainage
With the go green mantra spreading in every nook and corner of the world,
it is the moment to bring a revolution even in our homes. Rain gardens are
the excellent options for making a difference in water quality in our
communities. Homeowners in many parts of the country are catching on to
rain gardens – land-scaped areas planted to wild flowers and other
native vegetation that soak up rain water, mainly from the roof of a house
or other building. The rain garden fills with a few inches of water after
a storm and the water slowly filters into the ground rather than running
off to a storm drain
Using pervious pavers, pavement or material for patios, walkways,
driveways and parking areas allows rainwater to soak into the ground
before it becomes polluted stormwater runoff and flows into sewers and
storm drains. Result: healthier urban waterways.
Perhaps the first and biggest benefit people get from volunteering is the
satisfaction of incorporating service into their lives and making a
difference in their community and country. The intangible benefits
alone—such as pride, satisfaction, and accomplishment—are
worthwhile reasons to serve. In addition, when we share our time and
While it might be a challenge to coordinate everyone’s schedules,
volunteering as a family has many worthwhile benefits. Children watch
everything you do. By giving back to the community, you show them
firsthand how volunteering makes a difference and how good it feels to
help others and enact change. It’s also a valuable way for you to
get to know organizations in the community and find resources and
activities for your children and family. Here are a few to consider:
Development projects are designed with specific drainage patterns.
Homeowners should maintain and not interfere with any planned drainage
patterns. For a short write-up about drainage disputes in Horry County,
Drainage easements are put in place to maintain drainage infrastructure,
some of which may be underground. Drainage easements may be public or
private and afford the easement holder the right to access and repair or
maintain drainage infrastructure. The landowner maintains ownership of the
property. The size of an easement is determined by the type of
infrastructure within the easement and the type of equipment or materials
that may be needed to fix a problem.
Encroachments into an easement may interfere with easement access and must
be specifically permitted by the easement holder. If you would like to do
some work in a easement assigned to the county as a public
click here for an Horry County encroachment permit form.
Many homes in Horry County use a septic system for household wastewater
disposal. In South Carolina, the SC Department of Health and Environmental
Control regulates the installation and operation of septic systems.
To prevent pollution of nearby waterways and sewage backups, it is
important to ensure that septic systems are operating properly. Most
septic systems need to be pumped out every 2-5 years. For more information
about proper installation, operation and maintenance of septic systems,
please see the following links.
SC Department of Health and Environmental Control - Septic Tanks
US Environmental Protection Agency - Septic Systems
Nuisance Wildlife Removal
- SC DNR
Feral Hog Management - SC DNR
Beaver Management and Control
- SC DNR
Beaver Control for Landowners
- SC DNR
Canada Goose Information and Control Permit
- SC DNR
Island Applesnail - Flyer Alert
Stormwater Education in Northeastern South Carolina
- Coastal Waccamaw Stormwater Education Consortium
Carolina Yards Program- Clemson Extension
Carolina Rain Garden Initiative
- Clemson Extension
Stormwater Pond Management
Home and Garden Information Center
- Clemson Extension
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