No further action required for overflow
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Pamela Flasch
February 17, 2017
BJWSA reports no further action needed for sewer overflow
Okatie, South Carolina– February 17, 2017 – Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority (BJWSA) reports that results from three bacteriological samples from the wastewater released into Battery Creek yesterday show that no further action is required. As a precautionary measure, the nearby shellfish bed will remain closed for 21 days.
The overflow occurred due to a power failure on the service line to the station. BJWSA crews responded to the overflow, and took appropriate cleanup/repair action, including reporting the incident to South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC).
For more information, please visit www.bjwsa.org or call 843-987-9213.
BJWSA responds to wastewater release
Okatie, South Carolina– February 16, 2017 – Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority (BJWSA) reports that wastewater was released from the Dowlingwood neighborhood into Battery Creek, near the high tide marsh. The overflow occurred due to apower failure on the service line to the station. Commercial power is being restored.
BJWSA crews responded to the overflow, and took appropriate cleanup/repair action to stop the overflow. Signs will be posted in the area to inform the public.
BJWSA has notified the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), and is working in conjunction with SCDHEC to address any effects caused by the overflow.
SCDHEC has closed one nearby shellfish bed and three bacteriological samples have been taken from the impacted waters and sent to DHEC. Results will be reported as soon as they are available.
BJWSA has a well-trained and experienced field operations crew to monitor our wastewater collection system. These crews maintain the sewer lines to ensure the safe daily delivery of an average of nine million gallons of wastewater to eight area wastewater treatment facilities for treatment and disposal.
If you see or suspect any type of spill from the sewer collection system, please contact BJWSA at 843-987-9200.
For more information, please visitwww.bjwsa.org or call 843-987-9213.
BJWSA and Broad Creek and Hilton Head PSDs to conduct treatment on water lines
Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority (BJWSA), Hilton Head Public Service District and Broad Creek Public Service District will temporarily change the drinking water treatment method and flush water lines throughout their service areas for a two-week period starting February 24. The change is part of the routine maintenance program for the utilities’ water distribution systems. There will be no interruption in service as a result of the work.
Customers can use their water as normal, but may notice a slight chlorine taste or odor in the tap water beginning Friday, February 24 through Friday, March 10. Customers in some areas may notice brief discoloration in the tap water as a result of lines being flushed. If water appears discolored, customers should run cold water for a few minutes. If discoloration persists, customers can contact BJWSA at (843) 987-9200; Hilton Head Public Service District at (843) 681-5525 and Broad Creek Public Service District at (843) 785-7582.
Customers who are especially sensitive to the taste and odor of chlorine can keep an open container of drinking water in their refrigerators. This will reduce the chlorine taste. Water stored in refrigerated containers should be changed weekly.
SCAM ALERT: BJWSA does not collect payment at your residence
February 2, 2017: A customer called telling us that a man who identified himself “ from the water department” came to her door saying he was there to disconnect service and asked for payment. She did speak with him from behind her cracked front door, but didn’t get a name.
BJWSA had no personnel in that area at that time, and the customer’s service was not in danger of interruption.
BJWSA would NEVER knock on the door and demand payment. IF the service were scheduled for disconnection, the service would be cut at the meter and there would be no visit from a technician.
The customer said the person was in a white truck, maybe a Chevy. Please let us know if you have a similar experience by sending an e-mail to email@example.com or by calling 843-987-9200.
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