Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities

News and Updates

Open House at Archie Elledge Wastewater Treatment Plant-March 26

The treated wastewater (i.e. sewage) that the Utilities Department puts back into the Yadkin River is cleaner than the raw water that it pulls out of the river for our water treatment plants. See how it happens -- to the tune of millions of gallons a day -- during this informative open house at the Archie Elledge Wastewater Treatment Plant. Presentations will be made at 5 and 6 p.m., but drop in anytime between 4:30 and 7 p.m. After each presentation visitors will have the opportunity to tour the Archie Elledge plant control room to see the plant and control systems. Light refreshments will be available. Come to the Manson Meads Complex, 2799 Griffith Road, Winston-Salem.

Contact a Licensed Utility Contractor for Installation of New Water & Sewer Connections 

Until further notice, Utilities Field Operations will not install new water and sewer connections. Our priority is to maintain and repair existing system infrastructure. In order to connect to our water or sewer system, please contact a licensed utility contractor for this service. Any connections sold prior to January 1, 2019 will be honored.

Billing Delays

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities has important information regarding your utility bill. Please be advised that our billing cycle for bimonthly accounts is typically 60 days. Recently, there have been delays, which have resulted in billing cycles of 75+ days. If your balance due is higher than expected, examine the “Days” column on your bill to determine if this situation applies to you. You are not being charged more. You are only paying for the water used. Payment due dates have been adjusted accordingly. Thank you for your patience and understanding! For more information, contact CityLink Online or call 311 or 336-727-8000.

System Development Fees

On July 20, 2017, the North Carolina General Assembly adopted an act to provide for uniform authority to implement system development fees for public water and sewer systems throughout the state. House Bill 436 amended Chapter 162A of the General Statutes, adding "Article 8, System Development Fees" to define requirements for implementing water and sewer system development fees for local government units.

On June 11, 2018, the City/County Utility Commission (CCUC) approved new Water and Sewer System Development Fees, effective May 1, 2019. Fees will be determined by meter size per the following schedule:
WSFC Utilities System Development Fees effective May 1, 2019

Winter Weather Preparedness

As temperatures drop, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities is urging customers to prepare their homes, especially pipes for colder weather. For more information on how to winterize your pipes, click here.

Elledge Plant Wins Regional Award

The Archie Elledge Waste Water Treatment Plant received the 2017 Wastewater Treatment Plant Operation & Maintenance Excellence Award, a highly sought-after regional honor. It recognizes the plant for outstanding operation and maintenance (O&M) efforts and for the best use of its resources. Learn more.

Team at Elledge plant


Water and Sewer Rates


Solid Waste Landfill Operations Rate Increase Effective July 1, 2018 [pdf/1p]

Landfill Operating Hours

Landfill Holiday Operating Hours for 2018-19 [pdf/1p]


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Posted: Sunday, December 9, 2018
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