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Can You Drink Tap Water in Myrtle Beach?
Yes, Myrtle Beach's tap water is generally considered safe to drink as Myrtle Beach has no active health based violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) that we are aware of. Other factors such as lead piping in a home, or low levels of pollutants on immunocompromised individuals, should also be considered, however. To find more recent info we might have, you can check out our boil water notice page or the city's water provider website.
According the EPA’s ECHO database, from April 30, 2019 to June 30, 2022, Myrtle Beach's water utility, City of Myrtle Beach (Sc2610001), had 0 violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act. For more details on the violations, please see our violation history section below. This assessment is based on the City of Myrtle Beach (Sc2610001) water system, other water systems in the city may have different results.
While tap water that meets the EPA health guidelines generally won’t make you sick to your stomach, it can still contain regulated and unregulated contaminants present in trace amounts that could potentially cause health issues over the long-run. These trace contaminants may also impact immunocompromised and vulnerable individuals.
Myrtle Beach Tap Water Safe Drinking Water Act Violation History - Prior 10 Years
Below is a ten year history of violations for the water system named City of Myrtle Beach (Sc2610001) for Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. For more details please see the "What do these Violations Mean?" section below.
For the compliance period beginning Jan. 1, 2016, Myrtle Beach had 1 non-health based Safe Drinking Water Act violation with the violation category being Monitoring and Reporting, more specifically, the violation code was Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R which falls into the Chemicals rule code group, and the Lead and Copper Rule rule code family for the following contaminant code: Lead and Copper Rule.
Is there Lead in Myrtle Beach Water?
Based on the EPA’s ECHO Database, 90% of the samples taken from the Myrtle Beach water system, City of Myrtle Beach (Sc2610001), between sample start date and sample end date, were at or below, 0.00097 mg/L of lead in Myrtle Beach water. This is 6.5% of the 0.015 mg/L action level. This means 10% of the samples taken from Myrtle Beach contained more lead.
While Myrtle Beach water testing may have found 0.00097 mg/L of lead in its water, that does not mean your water source has the same amount. The amount of lead in water in a city can vary greatly from neighborhood to neighborhood, or even building to building. Many buildings, particularly older ones, have lead pipes or service lines which can be a source of contamination. To find out if your home has lead, we recommend getting you water tested.
No amount of lead in water is healthy, only less dangerous. As lead accumulates in our bodies over time, even exposure to relatively small amounts can have negative health effects. For more information, please check out our Lead FAQ page.
Are there PFAS in Myrtle Beach Tap Water?
Currently, testing tap water for PFAS isn’t mandated on a national level. We do have a list of military bases where there have been suspected or confirmed leaks. There appears to be at least one military base - Myrtle Beach Air Force Base - near Myrtle Beach with suspected leaks.
With many potential sources of PFAS in tap water across the US, the best information we currently have about which cities have PFAS in their water is this ewg map, which you can check to see if Myrtle Beach has been evaluated for yet.
Our stance is better safe than sorry, and that it makes sense to try to purify the tap water just in case.
Myrtle Beach SDWA Violation History Table - Prior 10 Years
|Compliance Period||Status||Health-Based?||Category Code||Code||Rule Code||Contaminant Code||Rule Group Code||Rule Family Code|
|01/01/2016 -||Resolved||No||Monitoring and Reporting (MR)||Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R (52)||Lead and Copper Rule (350)||Lead and Copper Rule (5000)||Chemicals (300)||Lead and Copper Rule (350)|
What do these Violations Mean?
Safe Drinking Water Act Violations categories split into two groups, health based, and non-health based. Generally, health based violations are more serious, though non-health based violations can also be cause for concern.
Health Based Violations
- Maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) - maximum allowed contaminant level was exceeded.
- Maximum residual disinfectant levels (MRDLs) - maximum allowed disinfectant level was exceeded.
- Other violations (Other) - the exact required process to reduce the amounts of contaminants in drinking water was not followed.
Non-Health Based Violations
- Monitoring and reporting violations (MR, MON) - failure to conduct the required regular monitoring of drinking water quality, and/or to submit monitoring results on time.
- Public notice violations (Other) - failure to immediately alert consumers if there is a serious problem with their drinking water that may pose a risk to public health.
- Other violations (Other) - miscellaneous violations, such as failure to issue annual consumer confidence reports or maintain required records.
SDWA Table Key
|Compliance Period||Dates of the compliance period.|
Current status of the violation.
|Health-Based?||Whether the violation is health based.|
The category of violation that is reported.
|Code||A full description of violation codes can be accessed in the SDWA_REF_CODE_VALUES (CSV) table.|
|Contaminant Code||A code value that represents a contaminant for which a public water system has incurred a violation of a primary drinking water regulation.|
Code for a National Drinking Water rule.
|Rule Group Code||
Code that uniquely identifies a rule group.
|Rule Family Code||
Code for rule family.
For more clarification please visit the EPA's data dictionary.
Myrtle Beach Water - Frequently Asked Questions
|By Mail:||CITY OF MYRTLE BEACH
PO BOX 2468
MYRTLE BEACH, SC, 29578
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Moving to a new house or apartment in Myrtle Beach means you will often need to put the water in your name with City of Myrtle Beach (Sc2610001). In order to put the water in your name, please click the link to the start service form below. Start service requests for water bills typically take two business days.
Leaving your house or apartment in Myrtle Beach means you will likely need to take your name off of the water bill with City of Myrtle Beach (Sc2610001). In order to take your name off the water bill, please click the link to the stop service form below. Stop service for water bills requests typically take two business days.
The estimated price of bottled water
$1 in USD (1.5-liter)
USER SUBMITTED RATINGS
- Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 29% Low
- Water Pollution 50% Moderate
- Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 71% High
- Water Quality 50% Moderate
The above data is comprised of subjective, user submitted opinions about the water quality and pollution in Myrtle Beach, measured on a scale from 0% (lowest) to 100% (highest).
City of Myrtle Beach
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.
- Serves: 56158
- Data available: 2012-2017
- Data Source: Purchased surface water
- Total: 18
Contaminants That Exceed Guidelines
- Chromium (hexavalent)
- Dichloroacetic acid
- Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)
- Trichloroacetic acid
Other Detected Contaminants
- Chromium (total)
- Dibromoacetic acid
- Haloacetic acids (HAA5)
- Monobromoacetic acid
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
Generally, the tap water is safe in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, unless advised.
Myrtle Beach’s treated tap water is categorized as “soft.” Hardness is a characteristic of water-related to the dissolved minerals in it, reputably calcium and magnesium, according to the Grand Strand Water and Sewer Authority, which provides treated tap water for drinking. The general average hardness for Myrtle Beach’s water is 54 mg/L, and that’s soft.
Water can be rated as soft that’s containing a range of 0 and 60 milligrams per liter(mg/L), moderately hard if it has between 61 and 120 mg/L, hard if it has within 121 and 180 mg/L, and considered very hard if it has more than 180 mg/L of those minerals.
The primary source of water in Myrtle Beach, SC, comes from the Waccamaw and the Pee Dee River’s surface water, which offers an abundance of water near the Treatment Facility, creating a freshwater source.
The Grand Strand Water and Sewer Authority (GSWSA) is the main water supply for Horry County and has two treatment plants. The bulk of the city is supplied by the Bull Creek Treatment Plant, provided by Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) wells positioned throughout the service areas. Additionally, in the ASR wells, water is stocked in-ground storage reservoirs and tall tanks.
There are also pumping stations at the plant and re-pumping stations in remote parts of the system to boost water pressure. The established Bull Creek Regional Water Treatment Plant in Bucksport is intended for a ready extension. It has the highest flow ranging 45 million gallons per day(MGD).
Untreated surface water is drawn from the Bull Creek, which produces about 60% of the water flowing into the Great Pee Dee and Little Pee Dee Rivers. Throughout the drought of 2002, the least flow in the Great Pee Dee just above Bull Creek was around 710 MGD.