(Okatie, SC—October 29, 2020) Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority (BJWSA) reminds residents and visitors that a swim and shellfish advisory remains in place for the May River. Signs were placed at the site Wednesday, October 28, following a 105,000-gallon wastewater overflow from a sanitary sewer manhole near 26 Drayson Circle, Bluffton Monday, October 26. The overflow into a drainage ditch that leads to the May River occurred because of a gravity mainline blockage adjacent to the overflow site.

BJWSA crews responded to the overflow and took appropriate cleanup/repair action to mitigate the effects of the overflow and collected bacteriological water samples from the water body. The sample results are pending. Signs will remain in the area to inform the public about the overflow until normal sample results are obtained.

BJWSA has notified the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), and is working in conjunction with SCDHEC to mitigate 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 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 987-9200.

For more information, please visit www.bjwsa.org or call 987-9200.