What is hydrant flushing and how often does it happen?

Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority (BJWSA) works closely with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) as well as with local fire departments to ensure both water quality and fire safety.

Every hydrant within the BJWSA service area is flushed annually. Hydrant flushing is necessary to test the hydrants to make sure adequate flow and pressure are available for fire emergencies. Flushing is also done to help maintain water quality in the distribution system. The quality issue could be either a taste, color, or odor complaint. We also monitor disinfection residual and at times have to flush to increase this.

It may seem as if there is a significant amount of water that is wasted, or that is going into local storm sewers or waterways. The impact of this water is substantially less than the average rain event.

Information regarding hydrant flushing can be obtained by calling 843-987-9200.

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