What is SouthWest Water and its South Carolina subsidiaries doing to ensure customers are protected from COVID-19?
We are carefully monitoring the state and national advisories regarding COVID-19. We are also taking precautionary steps to protect the health of our employees and customers.
- Our Customer Care will still be readily available by email at email@example.com (Lowcountry, Charleston, Beaufort area) and SCMidlandsCustomerCare@swwc.com (Midlands, Columbia area) or by phone at 877-405-1742 (Lowcountry, Charleston, Beaufort area) or 803-699-2422 (Midlands, Columbia area). We apologize in advance for delays on this number as we have modified our staffing plan out of concern for the safety of our employees.
- Remember, the following options are always available to pay your bill: https://www.swwc.com/sc/pay/
- We have shared with our employees the preventative measures provided by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on how they can minimize the risk of catching COVID-19.
- We have robust emergency operations and business continuity plans that include the possibility of a pandemic. We have already and will continue to update them for COVID-19, as necessary, to meet our service obligations to our customers and communities.
If you mail in payments, we are taking measures to ensure your account won’t be negatively impacted by late fees if there is a mail service delay. We also highly encourage you to consider enrolling in automatic payments to ensure your payment always posts on time.
Your Water Safety
Per the World Health Organization, there is no evidence about the survival of the COVID-19 virus in drinking-water or sewage.’ While there is no known risk to the water supply before or after our rigorous treatment, Kiawah Island Utility and South Carolina Water Utilities are taking steps to ensure we can continue monitoring, treating and delivering water to homes and businesses in the event of a severe pandemic. Kiawah Island Utility and South Carolina Water Utilities remain vigilant in keeping your water safe and flowing.
We are working across the state to follow the guidance of the American Water Works Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to protect our drinking water and wastewater system operator team from potential exposure and to safeguard their capability to operate and maintain their systems adequately.
Other questions you may have:
Are you aware of any employees who have been exposed to COVID-19?
We are not aware of any suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 amongst our employees. If this were to change, we would work with state and local public health officials to address the issue and protect the health of employees and customers.
Should I be worried about a possible water outage?
Our operators will be closely monitoring our systems and performing essential tasks to ensure water is safe and flowing. Most causes of outages are unpredictable, but our teams are on alert to be able to handle any issue that may occur. If any outages occur, we will be sure to keep our customers notified and up-to-date.
Should I boil my water?
According to the CDC, COVID-19 has not been detected in drinking water, and conventional water treatment methods that use filtration and disinfection, such as those in most municipal drinking water systems, should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19. Read more here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/water.html