Okatie, South Carolina– November 29, 2018 – Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority (BJWSA) reports that wastewater was released into a roadside ditch along Eddings Point Road approximately .5 miles south of the Tansi Village neighborhood. The release occurred  when the force main failed and began leaking into the ditch on 11/24. BJWSA discovered the release on 11/28 and  crews immediately responded and took appropriate measures to stop the release, repair the force main and clean up the area. The crews recovered the majority of the sewer released but there was the potential that some of the release may have entered  the nearby waterbody to which the ditch outfalls. 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 visit www.bjwsa.org or call 843-987-9213.