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Press Releases & Notices

Press releases and notices from Columbia Water. All files below are in PDF document PDF format unless otherwise indicated.

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April 4, 2018

Columbia Water released a statement regarding metal plates in roadways used to allow safe flow of traffic as part of routine maintenance and emergency repairs to water lines PDF document

March 13, 2018

Columbia Water began notifying customers who have defective or broken sewer lateral lines. As part of its Clean Water 2020 initiative, Columbia Water has been inspecting its sanitary sewer lines and undertaking maintenance and replacement of aging sewer infrastructure. During these inspections, Columbia Water staff and contractors have also discovered defects in privately owned sewer laterals.

January 25, 2018


September 28, 2017
Starting in October, Columbia Water’s annual seasonal sewer discount will end for the 2017 year. Customers who use more than 1,400 cubic feet or approximately 10,500 gallons in a month will be charged the full price for sewer services on their bill. See Annual Summer Sewer Discount for 2017 Ends in October PDF document for details.

June 26, 2017
The City of Columbia, SC has released the 2016 Water Quality Report PDF document (Reporte de calidad del agua de la ciudad de Columbia 2016 PDF document).

June 7, 2017
The City continues moving forward with efforts to improve water, sewer, and stormwater utility services. Water Utility Reorganization: Where Are We Now? PDF document is now online.

March 29, 2017
The City of Columbia and Richland County are seeking community volunteers to help mark storm drains in April as a part of the "My River Starts Here" campaign. Volunteers Needed to Help Mark Storm Drains PDF document is now online

March 27, 2017
Congratulations to all of the City of Columbia employees honored at the 2017 South Carolina Environmental Conference (SCEC) from March 11-15, 2017! City of Columbia Water and Sewer Staff Honored at South Carolina Environmental Conference PDF document is now online.


September 23, 2016
The City of Columbia's North Main Streetscape Project Phases PDF document are now available online.

June 17, 2016
The City of Columbia's DRAFT Updated Water/Wastewater FY16/17 CIP PDF document and Water & Sewer CIP Highlights & Map PDF document are now available online.

May 4, 2016
The City of Columbia's DRAFT Water/Wastewater 5 Year CIP for FY16/17 PDF document and DRAFT Stormwater 5 Year CIP for FY16/17 PDF document are now available online.

March 1, 2016
Water Quality Staff Report to City Council PDF document is now available online.


November 10, 2015
CORRECTION TO STATE NEWSPAPER ARTICLE PDF document - The meeting held on Monday, November 9, 2015, only applied to property owners in the CSX Railroad to Lake Katherine Dam Letter of Map Revision. The information presented at that meeting does NOT apply City-wide as was stated in The State article.

September 17, 2015
Stormwater Management will be hosting a community meeting to talk about the Harlem Heights/ Fairwold Acres Area Drainage Study. This will be the first of several meetings on the City's plans to alleviate flooding in the area.

August 26, 2015
The Assembly Street Rail Reconfiguration Project Citizen Update Presentation was given on August 20, 2015. Related documents are now available online below:

June 15, 2015
The City will participate in an Open House on flood hazard risk and anticipated updates to the Richland County Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) on June 24th from 4-7PM at the Richland County Administration Building at 2020 Hampton Street. City floodplain staff will be on-hand to answer questions about the City's floodplain policies and assist City property owners in understanding the flood insurance process. See Press Release for details

May 29, 2015
The first reading of the Proposed Floodplain Ordinance Revisions will take place during the June 2, 2015 City Council Meeting. For more information, see the Flooplain Ordinance Fact Sheet.

March 10, 2015
All About Water & Sewer March 10, 2015 Presentation Now Online - www.cocwatersewer.comThe final All About Water & Sewer presentation given to City Council on March 10, 2015 is now available online at Links to the presentation and the supplemental chapters can be found below:




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