Okatie, South Carolina– February 26, 2018– Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority (BJWSA) reports that wastewater was released from the Dowlingwood neighborhood into Battery Creek, near the high tide marsh February 24. The overflow occurred while the pump station was being rehabbed by a contractor and the station being operated by temporary bypass pumps. The overflow was caused by a failure of the primary and secondary pumps along with the temporary alarm notification pager system. These problems have been corrected and the system tested to ensure everything is working properly.               

BJWSA crews responded to the overflow immediately and took appropriate cleanup / repair action to stop the overflow. Signs have been 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 nine million gallons of wastewater to eight area 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 843-987-9200.

For more information, please visitwww.bjwsa.org or call 843-987-9213.