Okatie, SC – (September 3, 2019) – Based on the current (2 PM) forecast for Hurricane Dorian, Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority (BJWSA) will suspend plans to restrict the flow of water at critical causeway valves tonight.

 If the situation deteriorates, BJWSA may go forward with shutting off or restricting water to the following causeways: 

•          Bermuda Bluff

•          Birdfoot Landing

•          Callawassie Island

•          Cat Island

•          Coosaw Island

•          Distant Island

•          Vivian’s Island

•          Harbor, Hunting and Fripp Islands

•          Horse Island Drive

•          Kingston Key Drive

•          Myrtle Island Drive

•          Pine Island

•          Tansi Village

•          Warsaw Island

 Customers will get as much advanced warning as possible, but due to the changing nature of hurricanes, we urge customers to stay up to date via traditional and social media as well as our website. Updates are constantly available on our website under HOMEPAGE NEWS (bjwsa.org) as well as on social media. (facebook.com/BJWSA | twitter.com/BJWSASC | instagram.com/bjwsa) To contact BJWSA, send an e-mail to info@bjwsa.org.

 The purpose of a water restriction is to avoid a catastrophic loss of water system pressure should a failure of the pipeline within a causeway occur due to the effects of the hurricane. Should we implement restrictions, customers in these areas will still have water service but may experience lower water pressure.

 If any damage occurs, there will be a boil water advisory in place until customers are notified by BJWSA that it is safe to consume. Water must be boiled vigorously for at least one minute before drinking or cooking. For further instructions, go to https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/emergency-disinfection-drinking-water.

 BJWSA follows state and federal guidelines for protecting the integrity of our system. These critical lines run across causeways, making them vulnerable to storm surge, wind and other calamities associated with hurricanes.