Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority begins safe new year
January 23, 2020 – Okatie, SC – The beginning of the new year finds Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority (BJWSA) celebrating another significant milestone – 1.5 million safe work hours without an injury resulting in a lost workday. As of December 31, 2019, the authority’s staff has worked safely 1,743 days to accumulate 1,558,313 hours. This remarkable record is a result of every employee’s commitment to safety and compliance with their robust safety program and the board of directors’ focus on providing a safe and healthy work environment for all employees.
Safety Specialist Steve Lee, along with management staff, ensures that all hazards are identified, with the appropriate personal protective equipment provided and implemented before any work begins. Lee’s commitment to safety is contagious: “A company’s main asset is its employees; giving them a safe work environment is my passion.”
BJWSA has reached the one million milestone twice previously, and is aiming for the 2,000,000 safe hours mark. This goal is projected to be achieved by April 2021.
Throughout the year, customers are reminded to call BJWSA’s main number if they have issues of any kind: 843-987-9200, and to visit the website at www.bjwsa.org. BJWSA’s mission is to inspire trust and enhance public health.
BJWSA tests hydrants daily
Throughout our service area, BJWSA tests hydrants daily. Customers in a particular area may experience water discoloration, which should clear up if they allow the water to run for 15 minutes. If the water does not clear up with in this time, please call for consultation.
We also conduct water quality flushing procedures. Customers may experience water discoloration and or elevated chlorine tastes and odors in their area due to this procedure as well. The water will clear up if customers allow their water to run for 15 minutes. If the water does not clear up with in this time, please call for consultation. The chlorine odor will dissipate over time.
In both cases, the discoloration is not harmful to humans or pets, and is a result of rapid velocity variations in the water mains from the testing procedures. The discoloration is most likely phosphate which is added to the water as a corrosion inhibitor.
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