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Columbia Water urging customers to cut back on water use amid construction

Columbia Water urging customers to cut back on water use amid construction

COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) -- Columbia Water is urging people to be "water wise" as they're undergoing construction, and they're giving customers tools to save. The treatment facility is undergoing major upgrades, replacing water pumps dating back to 1907. Jennifer Satterthwaite with Columbia Water says construction puts constraints on water output.

"Our ability to push out the amount of water we'd normally push out is diminished. We still have that capacity but we're asking our customers to pull back a little bit, especially during peak hours," said Satterthwaite.

"We decided it was time to replace our older infrastructure. We wanted to put something in that would be more energy efficient to keep costs low and help push water out more efficiently."

Peak hours are 5-9 a.m. and 4-9 p.m. Satterthwaite says there are things Columbia Water's 365,000 customers can do to lower their bills.

"We're fortunate that we don't have to put any sort of restraint on our customers because we do have plenty of water to distribute but it is good for us to only use what we need," said Satterthwaite.

The city distributes home water audit kits, which can show where you can cut back and save money. They're free to any Columbia Water customer. You can get one at the informative quarterly drop-ins. The next drop-in will be Thursday, October 4th at the Customer Care center on the corner of Main St. and Washington St. 5:00-6:30 p.m.

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