Some folks in an Irmo-area neighborhood believe there are scammers going door-to-door claiming to be testing water for the city of Columbia.
A Facebook user wrote Tuesday on the Chapin News page that several people in the Braewick neighborhood off Irmo Drive had come to her house wearing bright orange/yellow vests. They claimed to work for a division of Westinghouse and asked to come inside to test the tap water on behalf of the city of Columbia.
Westinghouse is a nuclear energy electric company.
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Also, “That is not something that a city employee would do,” said Joey Jaco, the city’s director of utilities and engineering.
When city workers do water tests, they do not knock on doors or go into houses, Jaco said. Instead, they test water from outside faucets.
In a news release Wednesday, the city warned residents to be on alert for someone impersonating a water maintenance employee.
The only time a city worker would go to a door would be if a complaint had been received by the property owner, Jaco said. And in that case, the worker would be wearing a city uniform, have a city ID and likely be driving a city vehicle.
If you believe a scammer has contacted you or been in your home, contact the city’s customer care department at (803) 545-3300.