All-Clear for All Water and Sewer Systems – Friday, September 15, 2017

All Water and Sewer Service Systems Are Now Active for Brunswick and St. Simons Island

For the few remaining pumping stations that are not yet online, work is underway now at a rapid pace. These stations are in limited use and at very limited risk of contributing to overflows. We are confident that the remaining work can be managed over the next forty-eight hours and will continue to monitor all stations to ensure that we have accommodated the excess demand presented by the storm surge and ground water intrusion.

As such, the sanitary sewer overflows were widespread but contained very dilute and minimal human waste. Testing at our state-certified lab at our treatment plants indicate that the waste flowing to the plants contained more than three to four times the level of ground water and sea water normally expected, giving us confidence that the waste viewed coming out of manholes will be unharmful having now been exposed to sunlight. Also, coming rainwater will drain residue to the storm system. If locations are found where conditions are different than those described, we will address those concerns on a case-by-case basis in an expedient manner.

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Thanks again for your patience and understanding.

Jay Sellers, Public Information Officer