Spartanburg County water testing

Published 12:47 pm Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Contaminants detected but no violations at ICWD or Landrum Water Plant

Spartanburg County—There were no violations found in either Inman-Campobello Water District or the Landrum Water Plant water sources but contaminants were found in all 7 of Spartanburg County’s water systems. 

The Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit out of Washington, D.C. issued its 2021 tap water database this month that shows what contaminants are commonly detected in trace amounts in public drinking water. 

The testing was done between April 2019 and March 2021. 

Following is what was found at ICWD, the Spartanburg Water System and the Landrum Water Plant: 

° Inman Campobello, Inman, serves: 33,176; no violations; 19 contaminants detected; 16 at trace levels with no federal standard. Three below legal limits were Haloacetic acids (HAA5), 29.8 ppb, legal limit, 60 ppb; Total Trihalomethanes, 39.8 ppb, legal limit, 80 ppb; Chromium, 0.226 ppb, legal limit 100 ppb.

From April 2019 to March 2021, Inman Campobello WD complied with health-based drinking water standards. No violations.

° Spartanburg Water System, Spartanburg, 142,671 people served; 18 contaminants detected, 14 at trace levels with no federal standard; four below legal limit, Haloacetic acids (HAA5), 22.1 ppb, legal limit, 60 ppb; Total trihalomethanes, 35.0 ppb, legal limit, 80 ppb; Chromium (total), 0.0929 ppb, legal limit, 100 ppb; Nitrate, 0.0265 ppm, legal limit, 10 ppm.

From April 2019 to March 2021, Spartanburg Water System complied with health-based drinking water standards. One violation. In August 2020 there was one occasion when levels of pH in two different distribution sites fell slightly below the optimal range, as determined by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

° SWS-Landrum Water Treatment Plant, Spartanburg, serves 4,269; 12 contaminants detected, 7 at trace levels with no federal standard; Five below legal limit, Haloacetic acids, 26.3 ppb, legal limit, 60 ppb; Total trihalomethanes, 32.6 ppb, legal limit, 80 ppb; Ethylbenzene, 0.0474 ppb, legal limit, 700 ppb; Xylenes, 0.428 ppb, legal limit, 10,000 ppb; Nitrate, 0.0983 ppm, legal limit, 10 ppm.

From April 2019 to March 2021, SWS-Landrum Water Treatment Plant complied with health-based drinking water standards. No violations.

ICWD serves mostly South Carolina but also customers in Polk County. Polk County and ICWD have had an agreement for ICWD to provide water to Polk customers as well as to service and maintain the system. Broad River Water Authority connected to ICWD through Polk County and Polk owns the main line and has extended lines throughout the county. 

The City of Landrum sold its water system to Spartanburg Water, who provides and services lines in the city. 

To see full reports on all 7 systems in Spartanburg County, visit ewg.org/tapwater.