Okatie, South Carolina – August 27, 2020 – Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority (BJWSA) reports that an estimated 6,800 gallons of wastewater was released from the Parris Island sanitary sewer system into the Beaufort River near the boat landing. The overflow occurred due to a power failure at PIo1 sewer pump station.

BJWSA crews are responding and taking appropriate cleanup/repair action to stop the overflow. Signs will be 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.

SCDHEC is evaluating the effects of the overflow on the shellfish harvesting areas located in the area of the overflow and will issue shellfish advisories if needed. A swim advisory is in effect until the lab results come back confirming acceptable bacterial levels.

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 9 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.