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Annual Free Chlorine Flushing Oct 29 – Nov 13, 2020
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BJWSA and Broad Creek and Hilton Head PSDs to conduct annual water main flushing program
OKATIE and HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (October 5, 2020) – Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority (BJWSA), Hilton Head Public Service District (HHPSD) and Broad Creek Public Service District (BCPSD) will temporarily change the drinking water treatment method and flush water lines throughout their service areas for a two-week period starting October 29. 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 Thursday, October 29 through Friday, November 13. 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, BJWSA customers can call (843) 987-9200, Hilton Head PSD customers can call (843) 681-5525 and for Broad Creek PSD, customers can call (843) 785-7582. In addition, the following wholesale customers will be affected: Callawassie, Moss Creek (Water Oak Utilities), Harbor Island, Fripp Island and the military facilities. Contact your designated utility with any questions.
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.
BJWSA holds sixth Imagine a Day Without Water campaign to raise awareness about vulnerable infrastructure systems
Okatie, SC (September 30, 2020) – Communities face a variety of water-related challenges – from drought and flooding to infrastructure failure, sewer overflows, poor water quality and climate change. Now – add a global pandemic. On October 21, Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority (BJWSA) will participate in Imagine a Day without Water, an effort to educate the public about the water infrastructure crisis currently facing the United States.
Organized by the Value of Water Coalition, hundreds of organizations across the country seek to raise awareness about the crucial need for investment in water and the infrastructure that brings it to homes and businesses.
Most people can take for granted that when they turn on the tap, or flush the toilet, water systems function exactly as intended. However, the systems that provide critical water and wastewater services are aging, and we need to take action before it gets worse. In a normal year, a day without water is nothing short of a crisis. In the age of COVID-19, it could be catastrophe.
“Here in the Lowcountry, maintaining the critical infrastructure of our water system provides many challenges,” said Joe Mantua, general manager for BJWSA. “But our mission – to inspire trust and enhance public health – drives everything we do for our customers to ensure they have a safe, reliable water supply. Dealing with COVID-19 has certainly fostered a universal appreciation for the importance of clean water and sanitation.”
Public attention on infrastructure typically focuses on the things one sees every day, such as roads, bridges and tunnels. Yet the hidden infrastructure of water and wastewater is actually far more expansive than the highway system. Moreover, while the interstate system was built in the late twentieth century, many water systems were built in the 1800s or early 1900s.
Now those systems are showing the effects of a century or more of running constantly. Without further investments, these systems will experience more frequent failures and disruptions as they try to keep up with the needs of both the modern metropolises and rural and agricultural areas they serve. At BJWSA, many current and future projects are aimed at predictive and proactive maintenance. Water and sewer plant expansions, waterline replacements, sewer diversions and cellular metering technology are only a few.
BJWSA invites customers to engage on their website (www.bjwsa.org/idww ) and Facebook page, downloading a Water Awareness Journal or reporting their observations on the campaign to Public Education and Engagement Planner Lou Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.