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Water Services Information for Developers

Important Notices

Effective immediately, all plan submittals shall include a hard copy and electronic copy.

  • Electronic copies may be submitted through our FTP site.
  • Please visit to set up your personal account for FTP submittals.
  • We will continue to accept plans without electronic copy though August 3, 2018.

Beginning August 6, 2018, plan submittals without electronic submittal will be returned as an incomplete submittal.

This requirement is to facilitate multiple objectives including the elimination of Metro Water Services resources to scan documents, enabling the use of Blue Beam review software and to aid in expediting review periods.

Terminology Guide

Download our helpful terminology guide for definitions and acronyms you may come across during review.

Water and Sewer Review

The following steps are the process, in order, for Water and Sewer Review:

  1. Submit a request for water and sewer availability
  2. Capacity study is performed and a response is sent to the customer outlining capacity fees and requirements
  3. Capacity fees are paid and an availability letter is sent to the customer
  4. Plan review and approval.
  5. Pre-construction meeting is held
  6. Public water and/or sewer extensions constructed
  7. Construction is completed and approved by MWS Inspector.
  8. Run to curbs are completed
  9. Record Drawings are sent and approved by MWS Inspector.
  10. Apply for water and sewer taps
  11. U&O is released once all items are installed correctly and pass final inspection.

Stormwater Review

The following steps are the process, in order, for Stormwater Review:

  1. Plan Submittal
  2. Plan Review & Approval
  3. Pre-Construction Meeting
  4. Erosion Prevention & Sediment Control (EPSC) Installation
  5. Initial EPSC Inspection
  6. Grading Permit Issuance
  7. Routine EPSC & MS4 Inspections
  8. As-Built Submittal
  9. Final Inspection & Approvals

Low Impact Development

The Low Impact Development (LID) Manual is a site design approach that utilizes Green Infrastructure to meet a development site’s post development stormwater runoff water quality requirements. This approach satisfies the new MS4 Permit requirement to infiltrate, evapotranspire, or harvest and use the first inch of rain.

Water Quality Buffers

New development and significant redevelopment sites are required to preserve water quality buffers along Metro’s community waters, which include streams, rivers, springs, lakes, ponds, and wetlands. Please see Metro’s Stormwater Management Manual, Volume 1, Section 6.9 for additional information.

Stormwater Control Measures

Permanent stormwater treatment practices or control measures taken to mitigate changes to both quantity and quality of urban runoff caused through changes to land use from development.