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Is Greenville Tap Water Safe to Drink?

Yes! Generally Safe to Drink*

LAST UPDATED: 5:11 am, December 4, 2021
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Can You Drink Tap Water in Greenville?

Yes, Greenville's tap water is generally considered safe to drink as Greenville has no active health based violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) that we are aware of. Other factors such as lead piping in a home, or low levels of pollutants on immunocompromised individuals, should also be considered, however. For the latest updates on Greenville water, please check out its Twitter page

According the EPA’s ECHO database, from Oct. 31, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2021, Greenville's water utility, Greenville Water (2310001), had 0 violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act. For more details on the violations, please see our violation history section below. This assessment is based on the Greenville Water (2310001) water system, other water systems in the city may have different results.

While tap water that meets the EPA health guidelines generally won’t make you sick to your stomach, it can still contain regulated and unregulated contaminants present in trace amounts that could potentially cause health issues over the long-run. These trace contaminants may also impact immunocompromised and vulnerable individuals.

The EPA is reviewing if it’s current regulations around pollutant levels in tap water are strict enough, and the health dangers posed by unregulated pollutants, like PFAS.

Water Quality Report for Greenville Tap Water

The most recent publicly available numbers for measured contaminant levels in Greenville tap water are in its 2020 Water Quality Report. As you can see, there are levels which the EPA considers to be acceptable, but being below the maximum allowable level doesn’t necessarily mean the water is healthy.

Lead in tap water, for example, is currently allowed at up to 15ppb by the EPA, but it has set the ideal goal for lead at zero. This highlights how meeting EPA standards doesn’t necessarily mean local tap water is healthy.

EPA regulations continue to change as it evaluates the long term impacts of chemicals and updates drinking water acceptable levels. The rules around arsenic, as well as, lead and copper are currently being re-evaluated.

There are also a number of "emerging" contaminants that are not currently. For example, PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), for which the EPA has issued a health advisory. PFAS are called "forever chemicals" since they tend not to break down in the environment or the human body and can accumulate over time.

We recommend looking at the contaminants present in Greenville's water quality reports, or getting your home's tap water tested to see if you should be filtering your water.

Greenville Tap Water Safe Drinking Water Act Violation History - Prior 10 Years

Below is a ten year history of violations for the water system named Greenville Water (2310001) for Greenville in South Carolina. For more details please see the "What do these Violations Mean?" section below.

Is there Lead in Greenville Water?

Based on the EPA’s ECHO Database, 90% of the samples taken from the Greenville water system, Greenville Water (2310001), between sample start date and sample end date, were at or below, 0.0 mg/L of lead in Greenville water. This is 0% of the 0.015 mg/L action level. This means 10% of the samples taken from Greenville contained more lead.

While Greenville water testing may have found 0.0 mg/L of lead in its water, that does not mean your water source has the same amount. The amount of lead in water in a city can vary greatly from neighborhood to neighborhood, or even building to building. Many buildings, particularly older ones, have lead pipes or service lines which can be a source of contamination. To find out if your home has lead, we recommend getting you water tested.

No amount of lead in water is healthy, only less dangerous. As lead accumulates in our bodies over time, even exposure to relatively small amounts can have negative health effects. For more information, please check out our Lead FAQ page.

Are there PFAS in Greenville Tap Water?

Currently, testing tap water for PFAS isn’t mandated on a national level. We do have a list of military bases where there have been suspected or confirmed leaks. There appears to be at least one military base - AASF Upstate - near Greenville with suspected leaks.

With many potential sources of PFAS in tap water across the US, the best information we currently have about which cities have PFAS in their water is this ewg map, which you can check to see if Greenville has been evaluated for yet.

Our stance is better safe than sorry, and that it makes sense to try to purify the tap water just in case.

What do these Violations Mean?

Safe Drinking Water Act Violations categories split into two groups, health based, and non-health based. Generally, health based violations are more serious, though non-health based violations can also be cause for concern.

Health Based Violations

  1. Maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) - maximum allowed contaminant level was exceeded.
  2. Maximum residual disinfectant levels (MRDLs) - maximum allowed disinfectant level was exceeded.
  3. Other violations (Other) - the exact required process to reduce the amounts of contaminants in drinking water was not followed.

Non-Health Based Violations

  1. Monitoring and reporting violations (MR, MON) - failure to conduct the required regular monitoring of drinking water quality, and/or to submit monitoring results on time.
  2. Public notice violations (Other) - failure to immediately alert consumers if there is a serious problem with their drinking water that may pose a risk to public health.
  3. Other violations (Other) - miscellaneous violations, such as failure to issue annual consumer confidence reports or maintain required records.

SDWA Table Key

Field Description
Compliance Period Dates of the compliance period.
Status Current status of the violation.
  • Resolved - The violation has at least one resolving enforcement action. In SDWIS, this indicates that either the system has returned to compliance from the violation, the rule that was violated was no longer applicable, or no further action was needed.
  • Archived - The violation is not Resolved, but is more than five years past its compliance period end date. In keeping with the Enforcement Response Policy, the violation no longer contributes to the public water system's overall compliance status. Unresolved violations are also marked as Archived when a system ceases operations (becomes inactive).
  • Addressed - The violation is not Resolved or Archived, and is addressed by one or more formal enforcement actions.
  • Unaddressed - The violation is not Resolved or Archived, and has not been addressed by formal enforcement.
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Health-Based? Whether the violation is health based.
Category Code
The category of violation that is reported.
  • TT - Treatment Technique Violation
  • MRDL - Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level
  • Other - Other Violation
  • MCL - Maximum Contaminant Level Violation
  • MR - Monitoring and Reporting
  • MON - Monitoring Violation
  • RPT - Reporting Violation
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Code A full description of violation codes can be accessed in the SDWA_REF_CODE_VALUES (CSV) table.
Contaminant Code A code value that represents a contaminant for which a public water system has incurred a violation of a primary drinking water regulation.
Rule Code Code for a National Drinking Water rule.
  • 110 - Total Coliform Rule
  • 121 - Surface Water Treatment Rule
  • 122 - Long Term 1 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule
  • 123 - Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule
  • 130 - Filter Backwash Rule
  • 140 - Ground Water Rule
  • 210 - Stage 1 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule
  • 220 - Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule
  • 230 - Total Trihalomethanes
  • 310 - Volatile Organic Chemicals
  • 331 - Nitrates
  • 332 - Arsenic
  • 333 - Inorganic Chemicals
  • 320 - Synthetic Organic Chemicals
  • 340 - Radionuclides
  • 350 - Lead and Copper Rule
  • 410 - Public Notice Rule
  • 420 - Consumer Confidence Rule
  • 430 - Miscellaneous
  • 500 - Not Regulated
  • 111 - Revised Total Coliform Rule
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Rule Group Code Code that uniquely identifies a rule group.
  • 120 - Surface Water Treatment Rules
  • 130 - Filter Backwash Rule
  • 140 - Groundwater Rule
  • 210 - Stage 1 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule
  • 220 - Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule
  • 230 - Total Trihalomethanes
  • 310 - Volatile Organic Chemicals
  • 320 - Synthetic Organic Chemicals
  • 330 - Inorganic Chemicals
  • 340 - Radionuclides
  • 350 - Lead and Copper Rule
  • 400 - Other
  • 500 - Not Regulated
  • 110 - Total Coliform Rules
  • 410 - Public Notice Rule
  • 420 - Consumer Confidence Rule
  • 430 - Miscellaneous
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Rule Family Code Code for rule family.
  • 100 - Microbials
  • 200 - Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule
  • 300 - Chemicals
  • 400 - Other
  • 500 - Not Regulated
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For more clarification please visit the EPA's data dictionary.

Greenville Water - Frequently Asked Questions

HOW IS MY WATER TREATED?
All water supplied to you is thoroughly treated and disinfected. The Adkins Treatment Plant, a conventional filtration plant with a current capacity of 90 million gallons per day (MGD), draws water from Lake Keowee. This plant uses coagulation, sedimentation, filtration and disinfection to treat the water. Alum is used in the coagulation step along with small amounts of sodium hydroxide for pH adjustment. Chlorine combined with ammonia, known as chloramines, is used for disinfection to protect against water-borne diseases. An ortho/ polyphosphate blend is added for corrosion control. In accordance with EPA guidelines, fluoride is provided to prevent tooth decay. The Stovall Treatment Plant provides filtration for all water drawn from the Table Rock and North Saluda Reservoirs. This 75 MGD plant is one of the largest in the United States to use Dissolved Air Flotation (DAF) in the treatment process. The Stovall Plant uses an innovative flotation process for particle removal rather than sedimentation. The remaining processes and chemicals used for water treatment are similar to those at the Adkins Treatment Plant. All treatment plants are maintained and monitored by State Certified Environmental Systems Operators who are thoroughly trained to perform routine chemical and physical testing for treatment control.
WHERE DOES MY DRINKING WATER COME FROM?
Greenville Water draws water from three sources: Table Rock Reservoir, North Saluda Reservoir and Lake Keowee. Table Rock and North Saluda Reservoirs are both located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northern Greenville County. Greenville Water owns 100 percent of both watersheds. Greenville Water regularly patrols and carefully maintains these uninhabited, pristine lands. The properties are further protected by a Conservation Easement with The Nature Conservancy. Lake Keowee is owned by Duke Energy. In 2013, Greenville Water obtained two South Carolina Surface Water Withdrawal permits, one for The Stovall Treatment Plant and one forThe Adkins Treatment Plant. The Stovall Treatment Plant has two supply sources, Table Rock Reservoir (2,077 million gallons per month [MGM]) and North Saluda Reservoir (1,860 MGM). The Adkins Treatment Plant has one supply source, Lake Keowee (4,650 MGM). SOURCE WATER PROTECTION IS IMPORTANT To raise awareness about the ways in which water pollution can impact your drinking water, SCDHEC has identified potential sources of contamination for each drinking water source in the state. More information on source water assessment can be found at: www.scdhec.gov/environment/your-water-coast/source-water-protection and Greenville Water’s Source Water Assessment can be reviewed upon request.
WHAT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?
If you would like more information about water treatment techniques or about our water quality, contact Greenville Water’s Laboratory at (864) 241-7838. You can also visit our website at www.greenvillewater.com or contact us by email at laboratory@greenvillewater.com.
HOW DO I CONTACT GREENVILLE CUSTOMER SERVICE?
To contact customer service for the Greenville water provider, Greenville Water (2310001), please use the information below.
By Mail: PO BOX 687
GREENVILLE, SC, 29602
HOW TO PAY BILL FOR GREENVILLE WATER (2310001)
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HOW TO START & STOP GREENVILLE WATER SERVICE
Starting Your Service

Moving to a new house or apartment in Greenville means you will often need to put the water in your name with Greenville Water (2310001). In order to put the water in your name, please click the link to the start service form below. Start service requests for water bills typically take two business days.

Start Service Form

Want to create a new account?

Leaving your house or apartment in Greenville means you will likely need to take your name off of the water bill with Greenville Water (2310001). In order to take your name off the water bill, please click the link to the stop service form below. Stop service for water bills requests typically take two business days.

Stop Service Form

The estimated price of bottled water

$1.75 in USD (1.5-liter)

USER SUBMITTED RATINGS

Greenville tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 6% Very Low
  • Water Pollution 9% Very Low
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 94% Very High
  • Water Quality 91% Very High

The above data is comprised of subjective, user submitted opinions about the water quality and pollution in Greenville, measured on a scale from 0% (lowest) to 100% (highest).

Related FAQS

Greenville Water Quality Report (Consumer Confidence Report)

The EPA mandates that towns and cities consistently monitor and test their tap water. They must report their findings in an annual Consumer Confidence Report. Below is the most recent water quality report from Greenville's Water. If you would like to see the original version of the report, please click here.

HOW IS MY WATER TREATED?

All water supplied to you is thoroughly treated and disinfected. The Adkins Treatment Plant, a conventional filtration plant with

a current capacity of 90 million gallons per day (MGD), draws water from Lake Keowee. This plant uses coagulation, sedimentation, filtration and disinfection to treat the water. Alum is used in the coagulation step along with small amounts of sodium hydroxide for pH adjustment. Chlorine combined with ammonia, known as chloramines, is used

for disinfection to protect against water-borne diseases. An ortho/ polyphosphate blend is added for corrosion control. In accordance with EPA guidelines, fluoride is provided to prevent tooth decay.

The Stovall Treatment Plant provides filtration for all water drawn from the Table Rock and North Saluda Reservoirs. This 75 MGD plant is one of the largest in the United States to use Dissolved Air Flotation (DAF) in the treatment process. The Stovall Plant uses an innovative flotation process for particle removal rather than sedimentation. The remaining processes and chemicals used for water treatment are similar to those at the Adkins Treatment Plant.

All treatment plants are maintained and monitored by State Certified Environmental Systems Operators who are thoroughly trained to perform routine chemical and physical testing for treatment control.

PROVIDING HIGH QUALITY DRINKING WATER

Greenville Water is pleased to present our 2020 Water Quality Report. Each year, the team at Greenville Water works diligently to protect our watersheds, ensure our treatment practices are highly effective, and provide you, our customers, with safe drinking water. Once again, we are happy to report that Greenville Water meets all of the strict drinking water standards established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC). In order to protect its customers, Greenville Water and SCDHEC collected over 24,000 samples and performed more than 98,000 tests during 2020. Greenville Water ensures your water quality by testing water samples collected during the treatment process and as the water is delivered to customers through approximately 3,000 miles of pipeline. The 2020 Water Quality Report indicates that our water is safe to drink.

WHERE DOES MY DRINKING WATER COME FROM?

Greenville Water draws water from three sources: Table Rock Reservoir, North Saluda Reservoir and Lake Keowee. Table Rock and North Saluda Reservoirs are both located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northern Greenville County. Greenville Water owns 100 percent of both watersheds. Greenville Water regularly patrols and carefully maintains these uninhabited, pristine lands. The properties are further protected by a Conservation Easement with The Nature Conservancy. Lake Keowee is owned by Duke Energy. In 2013, Greenville Water obtained two South Carolina Surface Water Withdrawal permits, one for The Stovall Treatment Plant and one forThe Adkins Treatment Plant. The Stovall Treatment Plant has two supply sources, Table Rock Reservoir (2,077 million gallons per month [MGM]) and North Saluda Reservoir (1,860 MGM). The Adkins Treatment Plant has one supply source, Lake Keowee (4,650 MGM).

SOURCE WATER PROTECTION IS IMPORTANT

To raise awareness about the ways in which water pollution can impact your drinking water, SCDHEC has identified potential sources of contamination for each drinking water source in the state. More information on source water assessment can be found at: www.scdhec.gov/environment/your-water-coast/source-water-protection and Greenville Water’s Source Water Assessment can be reviewed upon request.

PRIMARY DRINKING WATER STANDARDS - REGULATED SUBSTANCES DETECTED IN 2020

INORGANIC COMPOUNDS

 

 

 

 

 

Highest

Possible

 

Parameter

Units

MCL

MCLG

Range

Level

Violation

Sources

 

 

 

 

 

Detected

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fluoride

ppm

4

4

 

 

Drinking water

 

Stovall Plant

 

 

 

NA

0.67*

additive

NO

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fluoride added during

 

Adkins Plant

 

 

 

NA

0.62*

NO

 

 

 

treatment to prevent

Distribution System

 

 

 

0.52-0.67

Avg.=0.60

tooth decay

NO

Nitrate/Nitrite (as nitrogen)

ppm

10

10

 

 

 

 

Stovall Plant

 

 

 

NA

0.021*

Erosion of natural

NO

 

 

 

 

 

 

deposits; fertilizer

 

Adkins Plant

 

 

 

NA

0.063*

NO

 

 

 

runoff, By-products

Distribution System

 

 

 

ND-0.56

Avg.=0.10

NO

 

 

 

of nitrification

*Results obtained by SCDHEC. Average fluoride levels detected by Greenville Water’s certified laboratory during 2020 were 0.63 ppm (Stovall) and 0.68 ppm (Adkins).//t

ORGANIC COMPOUNDS

TOC (Total Organic Carbon)

Average Percent

Range

Possible Sources

Violation

Removal

 

 

 

 

Stovall Plant (samples collected monthly)

TT: 27%

18-35%

Occurs naturally in the environment

NO*

Adkins Plant (samples collected monthly)

TT: 15%

5-31%

NO*

 

*Due to low raw water TOC levels, Adkins and Stovall plants remain in compliance even when the percent removal is less than the required 35%.

DISINFECTANTS AND

Units

MCL

MCLG

Range

Average

Possible Sources

Violation

BYPRODUCTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chloramine

ppm

MRDL=4

MRDLG=4

ND-3.0

2.18

Water disinfectant

NO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DISINFECTANTS AND

Units

MCL

MCLG

Range

Maximum

Possible Sources

Violation

BYPRODUCTS

Location

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Trihalomethanes

ppb

80

0

7.9-17.4

LRAA =

By-products of

NO

12.10

disinfection

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Haloacetic Acids

ppb

60

0

6.0-13.1

LRAA =

By-products of

NO

11.73

disinfection

 

 

 

 

 

 

As part of the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule, Greenville Water tested the finished water at both the Adkins and Stovall Water Treatment Plants for six per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in 2014 and none were detected. As a follow up, in March of 2019 Greenville Water again tested for 39 PFAS compounds at our Table Rock and North Saluda Reservoirs and at Lake Keowee and none of the substances were detected.

NEED WATER FOR COMMUNITY EVENTS?

GREENVILLE WATER HAS THE SOLUTION!

Greenville Water provides drinking water for outdoor community events held in our service area. We do this as a public service to support the community and share information about tap water.

The Water Buffalo is designed to dispense 400 gallons of clean, refreshing tap water into cups or reusable bottles. It is an environmentally friendly way to serve water at your event!

Just as important, we can also provide Hand Wash Stations for outdoor events. Our staff will deliver the stations, fill them with water

and stock the station with paper towels and soap. We have six stations available.

To view guidelines and reserve the Water Buffalo and/or Hand Wash Stations for your event, please visit https://www.greenvillewater.com/water- for-community-events/.

MICROBIAL AND PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Parameter

Units

MCL

Results

Possible Sources

Violation

 

% positive per

Less than 5%

0.33%

Common in the

 

Total Coliform

positive per

environment; human

NO

month

maximum

 

month

and animal waste

 

 

 

 

 

Turbidity

Units

MCL

Results

Possible Sources

Violation

Stovall Plant

NTU

95% of samples

100% samples < 0.3

Soil Runoff

NO

< 0.3

Maximum = 0.07

Turbidity is a measure of

 

 

Average = 0.04

 

 

 

 

water clarity and a good

 

 

 

95% of samples

100% samples < 0.3

indicator that the treatment

 

Adkins Plant

NTU

process is removing

NO

Maximum = 0.08

 

 

< 0.3

Average= 0.04

tiny particles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Distribution System

NTU

NA

Average = 0.13

 

NA

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEAD AND COPPER RULE (2018 RESULTS)

 

 

Action Level

90th

Sample Sites

Possible

 

Parameter

Units

Percentile

Exceeding

Violation

(AL)

Sources

 

 

Value

Action Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lead - Customer’s

ppb

15

0.0

1*

Corrosion of

NO

Plumbing

household plumbing

 

 

 

 

 

Copper - Customer’s

ppm

1.3

0.088

0

Corrosion of

NO

Plumbing

household plumbing

 

 

 

 

 

Lead & Copper: If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. Greenville Water is responsible for providing high-quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to two minutes before using water for drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about lead in your drinking water, you may wish to have the water inside your home tested. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline or at www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.

*A repeat sample collected at this site had no lead detected.

TERMS AND ABBREVIATIONS

MCL (Maximum Contaminant Level): The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close to the MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment technology.

MCLG (Maximum Contaminant Level Goal): The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.

  1. (Treatment Technique): A required process intended

to reduce the level of

a contaminant in drinking water.

SU (Standard Units): Unit of measure to indicate water acid/base scale (pH).

AL (Action Level): The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow. ppm (parts per million): This is the same as milligrams per liter, or one penny out of $10,000.

ppb (parts per billion): This is the same as micrograms per liter, or one penny out of $10,000,000.

NA (Not Applicable): Does not apply. Ranges are not applicable for sampling conducted by SCDHEC. ND (Not Detected): Not detected or below detection limits.

NTU (Nephelometric Turbidity Units): Units of measure to indicate water clarity.

MRDL (Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level): The highest level of a disinfectant allowed in drinking water without an unacceptable possibility of adverse health effects. There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary

for the control of microbial contaminants.

MRDLG (Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level Goal): The level of a drinking water disinfectant below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MRDLGs do

not reflect the benefits of the use of the disinfectants to control microbial contaminants.

LRAA (Locational Running Annual Average): The highest average concentration for 4 consecutive quarters at all sampling locations. Turbidity: Measure of water clarity and filtration effectiveness.

GREENVILLE WATER

Greenville Water provides service to more than 500,000 residents of the Upstate region of South Carolina. Recognizing that water service is critical to the health and well-being of its customers and for the growth and economic vitality of the community, Greenville Water ensures the reliable delivery of high-quality water through careful stewardship of its resources. Greenville Water is committed to providing exceptional service and utilizing safe and effective methods for providing water, while adhering to and surpassing health and safety standards. Governed by an elected Commission of Public Works, Greenville Water is the state’s largest water utility.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM THE EPA

Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk.

The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally occurring minerals and radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity.

Contaminants that may be present in source water include:

  • Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations and wildlife.
  • Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally occurring or result from urban storm runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining or farming.

Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites which can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).

In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. Food and Drug Administration regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health. Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immunocompromised persons, such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. EPA/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium or other microbial contaminants are also available from the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).

WHAT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?

If you would like more information about water treatment techniques or about our water quality, contact Greenville Water’s Laboratory at (864) 241-7838. You can also visit our website at www.greenvillewater.com or contact us by email at laboratory@greenvillewater.com.

COMMISSIONERS OF

PUBLIC WORKS

Phillip A. Kilgore - Chair

James W. Bannister - Vice Chair

Debra M. Sofield - Commissioner

Knox White - Mayor, City of Greenville;

Ex-Officio Member

Wil Brasington - Councilman,

City of Greenville; Ex-Officio Member

CONTACT US

David H. Bereskin, P.E.

Chief Executive Officer

  1. 241-6004 bereskind@greenvillewater.com

Jeff Boss

Chief Operating Officer

  1. 241-6005 jboss@greenvillewater.com

Jeff Phillips

Director of Water Resources

  1. 241-7833 jphillips@greenvillewater.com

Customer Service

(864) 241-6000

Engineering

(864) 241-6100

Laboratory

(864) 241-7838

COMMISSION MEETINGS

Unless otherwise noted, Greenville Water Commission meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 8:15 a.m. Meeting agendas, minutes and schedule are posted online at www.greenvillewater.com.

Contaminants


Greenville Water System

EWG's drinking water quality report shows results of tests conducted by the water utility and provided to the Environmental Working Group by the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control, as well as information from the U.S. EPA Enforcement and Compliance History database (ECHO). For the latest quarter assessed by the U.S. EPA (January 2019 - March 2019), tap water provided by this water utility was in compliance with federal health-based drinking water standards.

Utility details

  • Serves: 328678
  • Data available: 2012-2017
  • Data Source: Surface water
  • Total: 15

Contaminants That Exceed Guidelines

  • Bromodichloromethane
  • Chloroform
  • Chromium (hexavalent)
  • Dichloroacetic acid
  • Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)
  • Trichloroacetic acid

Other Detected Contaminants

  • 4-Androstene-3%2C17-dione
  • Chlorate
  • Dibromoacetic acid
  • Dibromochloromethane
  • Fluoride
  • Haloacetic acids (HAA5)
  • Nitrate
  • Strontium
  • Vanadium

Reminder

Always take extra precautions, the water may be safe to drink when it leaves the sewage treatment plant but it may pick up pollutants during its way to your tap. We advise that you ask locals or hotel staff about the water quality. Also, note that different cities have different water mineral contents.

Sources and Resources

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