(Okatie, South Carolina) – June 13, 2021 – Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority (BJWSA) reports that an estimated 75,000 gallons of wastewater overflowed from the pump station at 31918 Whyte Hardee Boulevard, just south of intersection of Hwy 278 and Whyte Hardee Boulevard. The overflow started around 6 pm Wednesday, June 9 and ended around 2:30 pm June 12, due to a pump failure.

BJWSA crews immediately responded and have taken the appropriate cleanup/repair action to stop the overflow, which was contained to a wooded area south and east of the pump station.  Crews recovered one load of sewer adjacent to the pump station prior to rain beginning, at which point the SSO became unrecoverable.  Signs were posted in the area to inform the public.

BJWSA has notified the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), and is working in conjunction with SCDHEC to address any effects caused by the overflow.

BJWSA has a well-trained and experienced field operations crew to monitor our wastewater collection system. These crews maintain the sewer lines to ensure the safe daily delivery of an average of 10 million gallons of wastewater to eight wastewater treatment facilities for treatment and disposal.

If you see or suspect any type of spill from the sewer collection system, please contact BJWSA at 987-9200.

For more information, please visit www.bjwsa.org.