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McBaine Water Treatment Plant in Columbia, operated by Columbia Water and Light (2021 file photo courtesy of the City of Columbia)



Columbia City Manager De’Carlon Seewood smiles before joining host Fred Parry on 939 the Eagle’s “CEO Roundtable” program (January 2024 file photo by Brian Hauswirth of 939 the Eagle)

Columbia’s city manager says Water and Light is beginning major upgrades that will restore the reliability and capacity of the McBaine water treatment plant. City Manager De’Carlon Seewood highlighted the issue in his recent State of the City address:


“This construction project involves the rehabilitation and replacement of aging infrastructure, which will improve the performance of this important facility and extend its life. Construction on this project is scheduled to begin this summer and will take approximately two years to complete,” says Mr Seewood.

Columbia voters approved the water initiative at the ballot box in 2018. The Columbia City Council approved the $27 million municipal bond issue in September. Columbia Water and Light treats and transports water to about 51,000 customers in an 89-square-mile service area, according to the city’s website.