Columbia's tap water is safe. Some filters may improve the taste of the water, but they are not needed to make the water safe to drink. To find out about water quality, read the City's annual Consumer Confidence Report in English and español .
The City of Columbia's water quality is often a target for unscrupulous businesses. Columbia's water is excellent and meets or exceeds all Federal and State standards designed to protect consumers against disease causing bacteria and other harmful substances. However, private water firms may approach you with the claim that their water treatment devices can improve the quality and safety of your water.
The City of Columbia urges our customers to be cautious of unnecessary water treatment systems. Please ensure that you have a through understanding of what a water purification product can and cannot do to enhance your current water quality. Some companies may use deceptive sales techniques to mislead you into purchasing unnecessary home treatment systems. Please remember that these businesses are not endorsed or affiliated with the City of Columbia. To ensure the accuracy of water testing, you should request the use of credible laboratories that employ testing techniques certified by the Environmental Protection Agency. If you choose to purchase a water treatment device, please be sure that it is third-party certified by NSF International or the Water Quality Association (WQA). Check to see that the system of your choice is specifically certified to target the contaminants you wish to reduce.
Proceed cautiously if a salesperson or telemarketer suggests any of the following:
If you are the victim of a water-filter scam, you may contact:
Drinking Water Request
1136 Washington St.
Columbia, SC 29201