Collection & Treatment

As wastewater leaves your bathroom, kitchen, laundry room or business, it enters an elaborate, underground network of sewer pipelines crisscrossing Beaufort and Jasper counties. With the force of gravity, the wastewater flows to pump stations where it is pumped through large pipelines called force mains to our treatment facilities. These pump stations prevent wastewater from backing up into your drains and creating a messy clean-up task.

Many of our pump stations are equipped with flashing lights or an audible alarm. If you see a flashing light or hear an alarm at a pump station, please contact us at 843-987-9200. One of our field employees will be dispatched to turn off the alarm and make repairs.

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Cleaning wastewater

Wastewater Isn't Just Treated - It's Reclaimed

Here at Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority (BJWSA), our major water reclamation facilities meet a water quality standard that is referred to as "reuse water." With advances in treatment technologies and federal Clean Water Act regulations, we now "reclaim" water from wastewater every day. This "reclaimed" water is not drinking water, but can be safely reused for irrigation and replenishing wetlands in the Great Swamp. All of our treatment processes protect public health and our local waterways.

BJWSA's water reclamation facilities produce reclaimed water that meets very strict state and federal standards. The Cherry Point Water Reclamation Facility and Port Royal Island Water Reclamation Facility clean more than 11 million gallons of wastewater a day that can be safely reused through irrigation.

Ultra-Violet Disinfection

Our Water Reclamation Facilities use ultra-violet light for disinfection. This chemical-free process results in reclaimed water that can safely be recycled into local waterways or used for irrigation.