Is Charleston Tap Water Safe to Drink?

Last Update4:23 pm, April 26, 2020

The estimated price of bottled water

$1.5 in USD (1.5-liter)

Can You Drink Tap Water in Charleston?

Yes, tap water is drinkable.

There was no general information available in WHO data about safely managed drinking water in South Carolina. You may check the rate of travelers and residents of Charleston water quality.

What Do People In South Carolina Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of South Carolina have rated the water quality and pollution as follows, according to subjective survey data. A score of 100% is considered very high, and a score of 0% is very low. Please be cautious that "moderate to very high" water pollution is bad and the higher the rate of water quality the better.

Tap water ratings

  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 33% Low
  • Water Pollution 55% Moderate
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 68% High
  • Water Quality 45% Moderate

Contaminants


Charleston 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: 234333
  • Data available: 2012-2017
  • Data Source: Surface water
  • Total: 18

Contaminants That Exceed Guidelines

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

Other Detected Contaminants

  • 1%2C4-Dioxane
  • Chlorate
  • Dibromoacetic acid
  • Fluoride
  • Haloacetic acids (HAA5)
  • Monobromoacetic acid
  • Monochloroacetic acid
  • Nitrate
  • Nitrate and nitrite
  • 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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