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!
Stormwater Stars of the Month Volunteer to help us mark storm drains throughout the month of April
Congratulations to Cindy Kestner and David Pitts, our April and May Stormwater Stars of the Month! Both Cindy and David have been chosen due to their outstanding job performance and ability to "wash" away any obstacles in their path to achieving their goals. Job well done!
Celebrate National Public Works Week May 17th – May 23rd!
In 1960, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed the first National Public Works Week to recognize the people who devote their professional time and energy to Public Works and making our communities a better, safer place to live. The theme for this year’s observation is "Community Begins Here" and speaks to the essential nature of Public Works services in support of everyday quality of life. We'll be joining our Public Works sister divisions in celebration with a parade, school visitation, employee luncheon, sports, and games.