(Okatie, South Carolina) – May 6,2023 – Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority (BJWSA) reports that an estimated 27,000 gallons of wastewater was released from a ruptured force main at Berkeley Place off Buckwalter Parkway, Bluffton, on May 5, 2023.

BJWSA was alerted of the overflow at 3 p.m. on May 5, and crews immediately responded. The overflow was stopped at 4:30 p.m., and crews have finished the process of cleanup and recovery. The majority of the standing sewer was recoverable.

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 well-trained and experienced field operations crews to monitor our wastewater collection system, which delivers 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 843-987-9200.

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