OKATIE and HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S . C . (November 13 , 2012) – Beaufort – Jasper Water and Sewer Authority (BJWSA) and Hilton Head Public Service District (PSD) will temporarily change the drinking water treatment method and flush water lines throughout their service areas for a three – week period starting Nov. 17. The change is part of the routine maintenance program for both utilities’ water distribution systems . There will be no interruption in service as a result of the work. Customers can use their water as normal.

Customers may notice a slight chlorine taste or odor in the tap water beginning Saturday, Nov. 17 through Monday, Dec. 10. 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 and Hilton Head PSD customers can call (843) 681 – 5525 for customer service. Customers who are especially sensitive to the taste and odor of chlorine can keep an open container of drinking water in their refrigerator. This will reduce the chlorine taste. Water stored in refrigerated container s should be changed weekly.