Maintenance Issues affect West Columbia water system
A failure in the machine's chlorine disinfection led to West Columbia's water receiving an unsatisfactory rating. Currently, three machines out of four are not working.
DHEC Spokesperson Robert Yannity says "The disinfectant machines aren't working properly, making it very limited in the amount of chlorine West Columbia can produce."
By Khadijah Dennis
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control found several machines that produce chlorine for West Columbia's water system not working, making the water conditions unsanitary.
The machines are responsible for cleaning out the Lexington Lake Murray area's water, and with only one machine working, it risks water not being treated if it fails.
Robert Yannity, DHEC spokesperson said the drinking water is safe to drink despite the machine failure.
"The issues that we saw were not in the quality of the water. It was more in how they were producing the chlorine to make sure it was disinfected," Yannity said. "We wanted to make sure that for the residents there are no more issues, so that's why we put them on a timetable."
Pipe and disinfection machines are looked at as a part of the inspection process.
West Columbia's machines moved to liquid bleach to clean the water due to the shortage, something that wasn't permitted by DHEC.
At this time, the department and West Columbia are working together to prevent future problems with the water system.