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Water Services

Water Services Information for Developers

Important Notices

2020 Fee Changes

Development Fee changes went into effect January 1, 2020. For more information about changes to rates and fees visit our new rates webpage.

Review Requirements

In an attempt to streamline our process and help facilitate a speedier review, plans that do not include the items listed below will not be accepted for review and will be returned without comment.

Please fill out (type) the corresponding Development Services Transmittal Form linked below and include with each submittal.

Fee Worksheet

Walk-in Customers

The review engineers no longer accept walk-in customers. Please call 615-862-7225 or email Development Services to schedule an appointment time with the engineer.

Plan Submittals

Development Services Transmittal Form shall be filled out completely and included with each submittal. Electronic copies shall be submitted through our FTP site at mws.nashville.gov.

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.

Combined Sewer Elimination Program (CSEP)

Effective November 1, 2019 all new projects in the Combined Sewer System (CSS) service area will require a pre-application meeting with CSEP staff prior to submittal. Our staff will work in partnership with property developers to identify ways to reduce sewer overflows to support the objectives of the Clean Water Nashville program. To schedule a pre-application meeting, please email Courtney Larson.

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 Metro Water Services Inspector.
  8. Run to curbs are completed
  9. Record Drawings are sent and approved by Metro Water Services Inspector.
  10. Apply for water and sewer taps
  11. Use and Occupancy letter 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 and Approval
  3. Pre-Construction Meeting
  4. Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control (EPSC) Installation
  5. Initial Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control Inspection
  6. Grading Permit Issuance
  7. Routine Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control and Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Inspections
  8. As-Built Submittal
  9. Final Inspection and 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.