All areas served by the city of Columbia’s water system no longer need to boil their water prior to drinking or cooking as of 4 p.m. Wednesday, officials say.
Most of the city’s 375,000 customers have been boiling water since Sunday, Oct. 4. About one-third of them, in the northwest area of Richland County stretching into Lexington County, have been off the boil-water notice for several days.
Broken lines and a breach in downtown’s Columbia Canal amid record flooding compromised the integrity of the system, officials said.
The water in the canal, which serves as a reservoir for downtown’s water treatment plant that serves 188,000 customers, was contained by a boulder dam at 6 p.m. Monday. Repairs to lines were ongoing and were finished today, officials said.
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Customers should flush all of their faucets for about 30 seconds or so and empty any ice trays made from water during this advisory.
Customers with automatic ice-makers may want to continue disposing of their ice until they are sure the lines serving their ice-makers are clear.
For advisory details, visit www.ColumbiaSC.net or call (803) 545-3300 between 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.