(Okatie, SC—March 22, 2021) – In conjunction with United Nations (UN) World Water Day (WWD), Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority (BJWSA) is hosting its inaugural Triassic Plant, a virtual tour of their Water Treatment process. The tour opens today at www.bjwsa.org/education-outreach/triassic-plant-tour-water-treatment, featuring in-house videos, a water value gameshow, career and STEM education and a tour of the 1965 Chelsea Water Treatment Plant, led by Chief Water Operator Mark Ferrell.

The theme for WWD is Valuing Water. World Water Day is a global effort, celebrating water and raising awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. The focus in on achieving the UN’s Department of Economic and Social AffairsSustainable Development Goal 6: Water and sanitation for all by 2030.

People value water in different contexts. In the Lowcountry, stewardship for safe drinking water rests solely with BJWSA, and is why their mission is to inspire trust and enhance public health.

BJWSA has always been committed to sustainable practices for its facilities and operations. Their board of directors and staff liaison Director of Technology & Innovation Tricia Kilgore, P.E. are expanding on current initiatives and developing new avenues to instill their internal culture with an appreciation for sustainable practices. These projects include:

  • Water reuse/reclamation for irrigation
  • Water reuse for wetlands restoration
  • Facility design
  • Solar energy
  • Savannah River source water quality protection

“All creatures, living and extinct, need water,” Kilgore says. “Water is a finite and valuable natural resource, which we at BJWSA work hard to protect and use wisely.  Triassic Plant is a fun way for our customers of all ages to learn about water treatment and stewardship.”

Learn more about BJWSA’s sustainability projects at www.bjwsa.org/sustainability.