The City of Columbia does perform water quality testing for individual customers if requested. The most common test is for possible lead contamination. Call +1 (803) 545-3300 to request this testing.
Avoiding Lead in Drinking Water: Elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Some City water customers may have elevated concentrations of lead in their drinking water. The primary sources of the lead are:
- Lead pipes
- Lead-based solder used to join copper pipes
- Brass and chrome plated brass faucets used in household plumbing.
The City of Columbia is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components.
Water that sits near lead has the potential to become contaminated. The longer the water sits, the more lead it can pick up. If water has been sitting in your lines for several hours before you use it, flush your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using your water for drinking or cooking.