Many people today are worried about what might happen to their water supply during an emergency, and also how to store drinking water in case of a natural or man-made disaster. The City of Columbia Water Works Department provides the following information concerning the safety and supply of your drinking water during an emergency.
Columbia's water comes from the Broad River Diversion Canal and Lake Murray. The water is treated at one of two water treatment plants and delivered to your house via underground pipes.
Emergency preparedness has always been a major concern for the City of Columbia, but even more so since September 11, 2001. The Water Works Department has taken steps to ensure that its readiness program meets industry standards and the guidelines of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Homeland Security Department. In addition, the Water Works Department has conducted a comprehensive review of its facilities and safety and security procedures to ensure it is able to respond to emergencies.
Yes, absolutely, the Water Works Department recommends that you store water to use in the event of an emergency. The following procedure is recommended by the EPA, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency):
The following agencies can supply you with more detailed information about all types of provisions and preparations needed to safeguard your family during an emergency, and also how to obtain and purify water of questionable origin:
Drinking Water Request
1136 Washington St.
Columbia, SC 29201