Richland County Stormwater Management Division
400 Powell Rd.
Columbia, SC 29203
Phone: (803) 929-6000
The Richland County Stormwater Management Division (RCSH2O) provides stormwater management support (drainage and water quality) in order to improve public safety, enhance public health and increase public service through departmental and divisional coordination and public awareness.
Wait...what is stormwater?
Stormwater is any water that falls on the ground when it rains or snows. On natural surfaces that water infiltrates—or soaks—into the ground; but on paved surfaces, it becomes surface runoff. Surface runoff either flows to the nearest pond or stream, or it flows into an inlet such as a storm drain. Any pollution on the ground is carried away by the runoff, and because stormwater runoff and the water flowing into storm drains is not treated, the pollution ends up in our local waterways. That polluted water affects the aquatic life and our ability to use the water for recreational and industrial purposes.
The primary objective of the actions and programs carried out by RCSH2O are dictated by the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit issued by South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC). The permit is a part of EPA’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program designed to reduce the amount of non-point source pollution that negatively affects the health of surface water in our community. Our job is to prevent pollution and help keep stormwater clean.
Anything other than stormwater that goes down a storm drain is considered an illicit discharge and should be reported by calling 803-929-6000!
RCSH2O Staff News
Several great staff changes have been made recently. Congrats to David Pitts on his promotion to Associate Engineer, and a big welcome to Jake Cannon and Lemuel Givens as our new Engineering Technicians!
Preparation for the Annual Report has begun
RCSH2O and other departments associated with Richland County's MS4 permit have begun compiling data to be included in a report submitted to SCDHEC annually. This report is a requirement for the MS4 permittee and contains information on the activities we've conducted in order to remain in compliance with our permit and further our pollution prevention efforts.
Richland County staff to make presentation at annual SESWA conference in October
At this year's Southeast Stormwater Association (SESWA) conference, RCSH2O staff will collaborating with representatives from Brown & Caldwell on presentation on the 25-year strategic plan that has been developed for the Stormwater Management Division. The plan outlines future Capital Improvement Projects for the Stormwater Management Division and updated operations for the Public Works Department.
Stormwater inspections resume in August
Inspections for our private pond, industrial, stormwater pollution prevention, and spill prevention programs will ramp up in August. Each of these programs calls for inspections of a specific type of facility or structure as a proactive measure for reducing stormwater pollution from entering our local waterways. If you own a stormwater pond in Richland County, please be on the look out for an inspection letter.