The City of Columbia advised all of its water customers to vigorously boil their water for at least one full minute prior to drinking or cooking.
Many water lines broke as a result of the rain and floods that took place over the weekend. In addition, the Canal Water Treatment Plant is experiencing “historically difficult conditions, which may impact finished water quality.”
That could result in bacterial contamination of the water, according to a news release Sunday afternoon.
Any ice made from water not boiled should not be used to drink.
The City of Columbia Customer Care call center can answer questions at (803) 545-3300.
City of West Columbia residents also were encouraged to boil their water.
The residents affected include customers in the area bordered by U.S. 1 to the north, Watling Road to the west, Airport Boulevard to the south, and Interstate 26 to the east.
All West Columbia water customers in the area bordered by the Saluda River to the north; Interstate 26 to the west, Airport Boulevard and Cayce city limits to the south and Congaree River to the east.