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Important information pertaining to contractors, developers, design/engineering professionals and other vendors working within the City of Columbus, such as: contractor certification, regulations, fees, standard drawings & specifications, and more.

Steps to Ensure Safety of Water System before Business or Building Reopens

Steps to Ensure Safety of Water System before Business or Building Reopens Ensure that your water system is safe to use after a prolonged shutdown to minimize the risk of Legionnaires’ and other diseases associated with water. Before your business or building reopens, take the following steps to help ensure the safety of your water system: - learn more

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Rates, Fees, and Connection Charges

Find current utility rates, charts detail the various service charges and fees associated with connecting to city water, sewers and fire hydrants, rates for power, festival rates & more. Average costs includes what an average bill runs, running toilets & faucets, outdoor watering and filling a swimming pool.  - learn more

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Get Approved Forms, environmental requirements and information required of contractors to get approved to work on Utilities projects. Includes: EMS, Stormwater Manual, Subcontractor Utilization, Supplemental Permit Questionnaire, Backflow, Water Distribution Approved Materials, CAD Digital Submission Standards, Private Sewer Agreement & more.  - learn more

Get Certified

Get Certified Authorization is required prior to working on City water or sewer lines. To "Get Certified," contractors must submit an application to the DPU at 910 Dublin Road, Columbus, OH 43215 and meet with a Review Board (meetings are every third Thursday from 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m). Contractor licenses must be renewed annually. Residents can search the Citizen Portal for approved contractors. Note: DPU does not endorse or recommend any contractor. 
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Simple Steps for DIY and Home Contractors

Simple Steps for Contractors to Protect Water and Avoid Costly Fines/Cleanup Fees Contractors and those who do home improvement projects can be fined thousands of dollars if they allow paint, drywall compound, concrete washout or other chemicals to go down a storm drain. Follow these guidelines to learn how to properly dispose of leftover materials and wastewater and gain ideas for recycling and reuse. - learn more

Connect to City Power

Connect to City Power

If you live or operate a business within our general service territory we may be able to provide your electric service.View Service Area Map by Zip Code  Please complete the online service request form or contact Customer Service at 645-7360.  - learn more


Request for Proposal Project Listing Update Complete List of anticipated projects through 2022. Updated September 2021 - learn more

Cross-Connection Backflow Control

Cross-Connection Backflow Control To ensure there is no cross-connection or back siphoning of contaminated water into the main water supply, those with irrigation systems, auxiliary meters, car washes, pools and others are required to install a backflow prevention device which must be tested annually by a certified contractor. - learn more

Fire Hydrants

Fire Hydrants Temporary hydrant use permits are available for new construction, nurseries, filling community swimming pools, water hauling, dust control & demolition. Find available hydrants, contact info, permit request form, fire protection rates & more.  - learn more

Stormwater Drainage Manual

Stormwater Drainage Manual This manual establishes stormwater control requirements for all new public and private development and redevelopment in the City of Columbus. It requires post construction stormwater controls for both water quality and water quantity.  - learn more

Land Application

Land Application This program recycles biosolids from the wastewater treatment process to fertilize croplands for corn, soybeans, turf grass and wheat. - learn more

Private Sewer Agreement

Private Sewer Agreement This form is required to obtain permission to construct a private sanitary sewer discharging into the City Sewerage System, in accordance with City Standard Specifications. More About Private Sewer Agreement   - learn more

Construction & Materials Specifications

Construction & Materials Specifications The City of Columbus recently completed an extensive revision to its Construction And Materials Specifications (CMSC), which are in effect as of March 1, 2018. For CIPs: Any contract previously awarded will continue to follow the 2012 CMSC unless otherwise directed by the department.  - learn more

CAD Digital Submission Standards

CAD Digital Submission Standards For the creation and submittal of digital drawings, a Zip format file with Microsoft Word standards document and an autocad drawing template is available. - learn more

Water Distribution Facilities Approved Materials List

Water Distribution Facilities Approved Materials List Developers or contractors constructing potable water facilities within the City of Columbus and surrounding contracted water service areas shall indicate all materials used in conjunction with the project & submit this form (includes Approved Materials List) in its entirety.    Approved Materials List - learn more

Water & Sewer Contract Communities DPU provides water & sewer service to well over 20 communities in addition to Columbus through contractual agreements. Many of the customers in these communities receive a bill from Columbus. Other municipalities buy water in bulk from Columbus and handle their own billing (master metered communities). - learn more

New Construction Water Service Inspection Checklist

New Construction Water Service Inspection Checklist The following information is to be used as a checklist for the inspection process once a water service plan has been approved by the Division of Water.  - learn more