Okatie, SC (October 25, 2021) – Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority (BJWSA) has published its inaugural sustainability report, in compliance with standards set forth by the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB). SASB is an independent, not-for-profit organization which sets industry-specific standards for disclosing sustainability information. SASB metrics encourage reporting that is comparable and consistent, regardless of utility ownership. These standards can benefit organizations by improving transparency, risk management and performance.
BJWSA is in the Water Utilities and Services Industry (IF-WU) category. Relevant sustainability topics include energy management, effluent quality, water affordability and access, drinking water quality, and resilience. The report, which was officially released at a regional Sustainability Workshop hosted by BJWSA, is available here: www.bjwsa.org/sustainability.
BJWSA has always been committed to sustainable practices for its facilities and operations. In 2020, the Authority formed an ad hoc committee from the board of directors and staff liaison Director of Technology & Innovation Tricia Kilgore, P.E. The purpose of this group was to expand on current initiatives, develop new avenues and to infuse the internal culture with an appreciation for sustainable practices. Projects in the program include those that address:
• Water reuse/reclamation for irrigation
• Water reuse for wetlands restoration
• Facility design
• Solar energy
• Savannah River source water quality protection
Kilgore will be recognized November 3 by AT&T and Government Technology Magazine as a Special Districts Program Technology Innovation Leadership Award Winner for 2021.
For more information about BJWSA or its Board of Directors, visit www.bjwsa.org.
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Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority is a public water system and non-profit corporation handling water and wastewater operations in Beaufort and Jasper counties in South Carolina. BJWSA treats an average of 20 million gallons of water for consumption and ten million gallons of wastewater each day.