October 2015 Flood Incident Response
The City of Columbia remains active in our response to the October 2015 flood. For the most up-to-date & accurate information, check out the City's official Twitter & Facebook. Individuals with life-threatening emergencies should contact 911. Non-emergency calls should be referred to the Customer Care Center at 803-545-3300.
City Announces Partial Repeal of System-wide Boil Water Advisory (Update)
The City of Columbia Water Works advises the water customers of the Irmo, Dutch Square, and Saint Andrews areas and all City Of Columbia water customers located west of the Broad River, located in Richland and Lexington Counties, that they no longer need to boil their water prior to drinking or cooking.
City Mandates Irrigation Shut-off
Effective immediately, City officials are mandating that all irrigation systems hooked up to City water be turned off until further notice. Anyone owning or operating an irrigation system in the City water service area should turn off the system at its base. This will also ensure that if there are any breaks in an irrigation system, these leaks will not contribute to further water loss.
City Opens Water Filling Stations
City officials announced the opening of potable water filling stations on Fri., Oct. 9. Residents will need to bring their own clean containers to the water filling stations.
Please see the current list of road closures.
City Requests Voluntary Water Conservation
As the City works to stabilize water levels at the Columbia Canal, City officials are asking citizens to minimize water usage until further notice. By conserving water, residents will assist the City in protecting one of the region’s main water sources while repairs are being completed.
City Cautions Flood Victims About Potential Scams
The following information is provided by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to caution flood victims of potential scams. Be cautious of anyone who knocks at your door claiming to be government workers with FEMA and that you are eligible for disaster grants or money. Scammers travel to disaster areas to take advantage of those who want life to go back to “normal.” Some may claim your insurance agent or FEMA sent them to your home or business. There is not a fee to apply for FEMA disaster assistance. Government workers will never ask for a fee or payment, and they wear an official government photo ID.