Okatie, SC (October 12, 2015) – Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority (BJWSA) will temporarily change the method of disinfecting drinking water for its customers next month. The change is part of the routine maintenance program for the water distribution system, and all retail and wholesale customers will be affected.

Customers may notice a chlorine taste or odor in the tap water beginning Friday, October 23 through Friday, November 6. Crews will also flush the system by opening fire hydrants at various locations.

This process is safe and customers can drink their water as normal.

Customers who are especially sensitive to the taste and odor of chlorine should keep an open container of drinking water in their refrigerator. This will enable the chlorine to dissipate, thus reducing the chlorine taste. Change the water in your refrigerated container weekly.

Localized system flushing also may result in some minor discoloration of the water. If water appears discolored, customers should run cold water for a few minutes. If discoloration persists, call customer service at 843-987-9200.