Information from City of Columbia:
The City of Columbia Water Works advises the water customers of Chapin Elementary and Chapin Middle School, located in Lexington County, to vigorously boil their water for at least one full minute prior to drinking or cooking. Also, any residents near the affected area who have lost water and/or water pressure are also advised to vigorously boil their water for at least one full minute prior to drinking or cooking.
The City of Columbia has experienced an eight inch water main break. This could possibly result in bacterial contamination of the water at Chapin Elementary and Chapin Middle School. Water customers should continue to vigorously boil their water for at least one full minute prior to drinking or cooking until otherwise notified by the City of Columbia Water Works. Also, any ice made from water that has not been boiled should not be used for drinking purposes.
The City of Columbia Water Works is presently working to correct the problem.
All food processors and restaurants should comply with prescribed USDA and SC DHEC recommendations, respectively. Should you have any questions pertaining to this advisory, please call the Lexington/Richland County Environmental Services at 896-0620 or the South Carolina Hospitality Association at 765-9000.
Questions concerning healthcare facilities such as hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities should be directed to the SC DHEC Division of Health Licensing at 545-4370.
The City of Columbia Customer Care Call Center, 545-3300, may answer other inquiries concerning this Advisory.