(Okatie, South Carolina) – April 27,2023 – Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority (BJWSA) reports that an estimated 25,000 gallons of wastewater was released from a force main into the salt marsh on Roseida Road not far from County Shed Road. BJWSA has notified the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), and signs have been posted in the area to inform the public.

The exact start time of the overflow is unknown, but it was discovered by BJWSA staff around 2:00 pm on April 26, 2023 and was completely stopped by 6:00 pm.  The sanitary sewer overflow (SSO) was caused by the failure of a force main pipe, which was under the tidal creek upstream of Albergotti Creek, due to corrosion. The force main was repaired and placed back into service later that evening.

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.