Our water distribution system comprises four groundwater systems, each with its own network of interconnected distribution piping, water production facilities, elevated storage and ground storage tanks. These systems are located in the City of Brunswick, northern Glynn County, southern Glynn County and on St. Simons Island.
Our primary raw water source is the Upper Floridan Aquifer, a limestone formation that runs under the entire area of Glynn County and extends to the south. A supplemental source of raw water is the Lower Brunswick Aquifer. Water is drawn from the aquifers using 15 water production facilities with 21 active wells.
Water treatment consists of aeration to replenish oxygen, chlorination to inhibit bacterial growth, and phosphate injection to inhibit corrosion in the pipes. Treatment is performed at each water production facility or well site. Production facilities are equipped with emergency generators or are set up to accept portable generators to provide service during electrical power outages. The water distribution system includes 459 miles of distribution mains and nine elevated storage tanks and 11 ground storage tanks, with a combined total capacity of more than 8 million gallons.
The water distribution system covers 90 percent of the area with the city limits, and 35 percent of the county. Areas not served by the BGJWSC are served by individual wells and private water systems. Jekyll Island and Sea Island have their own water systems.