Precautionary Boil Water Advisory – Exit 29 Service Area in Brunswick – Tuesday, May 23, 2017

DRINKING WATER WARNING

BOIL YOUR WATER FOR THREE MINUTES BEFORE USING

The Brunswick water system has lost pressure in the Exit 29 service area on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 due to a hit-and-run driver breaking off a hydrant on Baumgardner Road. The affected area includes all BGJWSC customers south of Blythe Island and west of Jekyll Island. As many restaurants and schools are in this area, state guidelines require two twenty-four periods of water testing before this precautionary advisory can be lifted.

This loss of pressure in the distribution system may cause back-pressure, back-siphonage, or a net movement of water from outside the pipe to the inside through cracks, breaks, or joints in the distribution system that are common in all water systems. Such a system failure carries with it a potential that bacterial contamination or other disease-causing organisms could enter the water distribution system. These conditions may pose an imminent and substantial health endangerment to persons served by the water system.

This precautionary boil water advisory is being published as a warning to those that live in, work in, or travel through the affected area. During the period of the loss of pressure, water will also not be available for fire suppression use. The map below indicates the limit to which this precautionary boil water advisory applies:

What should I do?

  • DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a rolling boil for at least (3) three minutes, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. ALL STORED WATER, DRINK OR ICE MADE RECENTLY FROM THIS SUPPLY SHALL BE DISCARDED.
  • Bathing, showering and toilet flushing may be performed using water from the tap without boiling it first.
  • Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites which can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly and people with severely compromised immune systems.
  • The symptoms above are not caused only by organisms in drinking water. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.

What is being done?

As soon as pressure can be restored to the distribution system, our water lab personnel will take water samples that will be fully evaluated over the next twenty-four to forty-eight hour period following the repair of the main. Once we have determined that there is no longer a threat of harmful bacteria in the water, we will inform you that you are no longer required to boil your water by posting an update here on our website: http://www.bgjwsc.org.

Water System ID#: 1270150

Date distributed: 5/23/17 1:39 PM

What is a Boil Water Advisory? READ MORE HERE

Pump Station 2032 Project Briefing Update 9

The details below outline the project referred to as PS2032, which is located in the area between North Harrington Road and Palmetto Street on Frederica Road, on the northern half of St Simons Island. This wastewater force main basin serves approximately 3,400 customers north of and including Sea Palms West. This improvement is required in order to continue serving this existing customer base and also prepare the way for future growth.

Construction has begun. Routine updates to this briefing will be posted every two weeks following a planning meeting with BGJWSC, Glynn County and contract construction personnel. The first onsite planning meeting occurred Tuesday, January 17, 2017. Following future meetings, progress will be reported in advance to the next phase of construction.

Update 9

The Frederica Road bike/pedestrian path re-opens starting Thursday, May 11th.  There will be stabilization, pick-up of signs, removal of the mobi-mat, and project clean up remaining. The work in progress will be at the Dunbar Creek Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP) until the end of June, which will be minor traffic impacts of trucks entering and leaving WPCP entrance at Palmetto Street and 6th Ave.

No map is needed at this point. There will be no other public updates until the project has been completed at the WPCP.

A copy of this report is available as an Adobe Acrobat PDF below:

PS2032_Construction_Progress_Update_9_May_10_2017_Briefing

The information below will remain unchanged for each update:

For the safety of pedestrians and crew members, please avoid approaching workers that are actively engaged in the construction process. BGJWSC staff will be making this information available in a handout form using brochure holders beginning in the middle of next week, or as soon as the displays arrive. Those holders will be spaced out along the available walking path and in adjacent business areas, such as Circle K, Benny’s Red Barn, Sea Palms Resort office, our construction staging area (at the corner of Palmetto and Frederica), and other locations along the route.

What
Construction of a dedicated 16-inch force main for wastewater discharge. The 16-inch pipe will have a 14-inch inside diameter and will replace the current 8-inch force main that has exceeded design capacity. This 8-inch line has been in constant use for over 30 years.

The method of construction is ‘trenchless’ in which all pipe installation will be completed through horizontal drilling technology to avoid open trenches and road closures. While this will result in a greater project cost, this method is preferred in order to minimize the inconvenience to the community and protect the tree canopy.

Through BGJWSC efforts at obtaining the use of property adjacent to the project for staging equipment and materials, Palmetto St will have no more than a partial lane closure during limited periods of the project. Traffic control will be present, where necessary, throughout the project.

No services will be intentionally disrupted during the project. Any environmental impacts due to construction activities will be restored during each phase.

Where
Frederica Road areas affected during project –

(Dates are estimates, exact dates will be determined when construction begins)

S. Harrington Road:

closed for two 12 to 24-hr windows during pipe pullback
Should occur end of January
Palmetto Street:

no more than one lane closed at the intersection with Frederica Road.
Should occur end of March to end of April
3rd and 4th Ave:

Through traffic closed
Should occur 18 days in April
West of 6th Avenue:

one lane closure
Should occur 18 days in April
Pedestrian Path Detour on Frederica Road –

Harrogate Road:

Detour between North Windward Drive and Palm Drive, to be used during course of construction on Frederica Road east shoulder.
Should occur mid-February to mid-March
Palm Drive and Colonial Drive:

Closure of path segments and temporary reroute of path into Sea Palms Golf Course property, to be used during course of construction on Frederica Road east shoulder.
Should occur mid-March to early April
Equipment and construction trailer will be staged at 3501 Frederica Road for the course of the project. Accommodations have been made with area businesses to avoid congestion and delays.

When
Start of Project – January 2017
Phase 1 (Frederica Road) – January-April 2017
Phase 2 (Palmetto Street) – April-June 2017
Completion of Project – July 2017

Why
The 8-inch force main is too small to support existing sewer customers. Under current conditions, the force main cannot support all the flow from the twenty contributing stations in the basin. This increases the probability of Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs), which impacts the public health and safety. This project is consistent with the corrective actions as directed in compliance with an existing consent order from the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources that resulted from recent SSOs. BGJWSC is replacing this small, incompatible pipe with a new, larger 16-inch diameter force main pipe. A larger pipe will be able to provide adequate sewer services to the public and reduce the potential for SSOs.

This project is being funded by capital reserves at a cost of approximately $3.4 million. No SPLOST funds will be used.

Who
This project was designed by Four Waters Engineering, Inc., will be managed by the Planning & Construction Division of the BGJWSC and construction will be performed by T.B. Landmark Construction.

TB Landmark specializes in horizontal direction drill (HDD) which a majority of the construction requires. TB Landmark has the qualifications BGJWSC has specified for this project. The anticipated construction equipment for this project may include a HDD Drilling Rig, Excavators, Vacuum/Recycling Trucks, Dump Trucks, Loading/Unloading Trucks, and HDD Mud Mix Recycler.

Contact for this project is the BGJWSC Project Manager:

Todd Kline, PE, Senior Engineer,
Planning & Construction Division
Brunswick-Glynn County
Joint Water & Sewer Commission
1703 Gloucester St
Brunswick, GA 31520
Office: 912.261.7126

Regular project updates will be available on BGJWSC’s website – http://www.bgjwsc.org/

Compliance & Legislative and Finance Committees Combined Meeting Minutes – April 19, 2017

For your consideration, please review the minutes from the Combined meeting of the Compliance & Legislative Committee and the Finance Committee from April 19, 2017:

Compliance & Legislative and Finance Combined Meeting 4-19-17 Minutes with Attachments

To read the minutes, please open or download the pdf from the link above, or you may see more below:

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All-Clear for Boil Water Advisory Issued for the 5000 Block of Altama Ave and Bristol Drive in Brunswick on 5/11/17

Effective immediately, as of 9:20 AM on Saturday, May 13, 2017, all required microbiological testing of water samples from the area affected by the boil water advisory issued for the 5000 block of Altama Avenue and Bristol Drive in Brunswick on May 11, 2017 has passed. Results have been verified by our state-licensed technician within a certified laboratory environment.

This notification is an ALL-CLEAR and water used for drinking will no longer need to be boiled.

Though the water from this system can now be considered to meet safe drinking water standards, please discard any ice made within the last 48 hours.

What is a Boil Water Advisory? READ MORE HERE

Sewer Capacity Availability Update 1

BGJWSC sanitary sewer systems are in need of updating in order to accommodate existing demand as well as future growth. Maps will be provided as a visual to aid understanding of that need.

Update 1

As an introduction, this update will be the first detailed mention that many of you will have seen to help you understand the circumstances that brought us to the point of instituting restrictions on new sewer connections in some areas last year. It will also help you gain an understanding as to why our rating structure is under review.

Please review the maps below and the details underneath these maps to get a better understanding of the situation:
Sewer_Capacity_Availability_-_Update_1_-_May_12,_2017_-_Mainland_Basin_Map
Sewer_Capacity_Availability_-_Update_1_-_May_12,_2017_-_North_Mainland_Basin_Map
Sewer_Capacity_Availability_-_Update_1_-_May_12,_2017_-_Saint_Simons_Basin_Map
Sewer_Capacity_Availability_-_Update_1_-_May_12,_2017_-_South_Mainland_Basin_Map

The information below will remain unchanged for each update:

What

In our ongoing efforts to make clear, easy to understand visuals, the staff of the Planning & Construction Division and the Systems Pumping & Maintenance Division have developed a mapping project to outline the timeline of sewer service capacity availability across our three systems. The maps above are not meant to be a guarantee of capacity as of a particular date since engineering and construction is ongoing and dynamic. As new connections and system improvements are made, this information and the maps visualizing the updates will be made available following Commission discussion once or twice per month, or as often as requested by the Commission. When upgrades have been performed by our in-house construction team or utility contractors, that progress will be shown, as well.

Where

The BGJWSC maintains three distinct and separate sanitary sewer utility systems: Mainland Brunswick, South Mainland and St. Simons Island, each flowing into it’s own treatment plant. Work on the conveyance to these plants will be prioritized by demand, with regional stations serving the greatest number of customers being of greatest priority. System improvements will be made to satisfy current demand. System expansion will be fueled and, in many cases, funded by developers.  Our new Unsolicited Proposal Policy outlines the methodology that will allow development in basins not having adequate capacity by giving developers the means to make the necessary upgrades that will provide for the desired residential equivalent units (REU). As the BGJWSC is neutral in terms of development but water and sewer service is a vital component of the community’s economic and environmental health, we are anxious to be able to serve customers wherever they choose to dwell.

When

This is an ongoing project that will follow the path of the 2016 Master Plan Update.

Why

As identified in the 2016 Master Plan Update, system health was poor, at best, in some areas. The system was not allowed to grow sufficiently to accommodate the demand. All sewer basins have since come under staff and independent engineering review to access these assets through the lens of satisfying existing needs while also preparing for sustainable growth in light of community development efforts with our partners in Glynn County and City of Brunswick governments.

Who

Contact for this project is:

Todd Kline, PE, Senior Engineer,
Planning & Construction Division
Brunswick-Glynn County
Joint Water & Sewer Commission
1703 Gloucester St
Brunswick, GA 31520
Office: 912.261.7126
tkline@bgjwsc.org

Regular project updates will be available on BGJWSC’s website: http://www.bgjwsc.org/

All-Clear for Boil Water Advisory Issued for Glynn Pines Apartments in Brunswick on 5/10/17

Effective immediately, as of 11:18 AM on Friday, May 12, 2017, all required microbiological testing of water samples from the area affected by the boil water advisory issued for Glynn Pines Apartments in Brunswick on May 10, 2017 has passed. Results have been verified by our state-licensed technician within a certified laboratory environment.

This notification is an ALL-CLEAR and water used for drinking will no longer need to be boiled.

Though the water from this system can now be considered to meet safe drinking water standards, please discard any ice made within the last 48 hours.

What is a Boil Water Advisory? READ MORE HERE

Precautionary Boil Water Advisory – 5000 Block of Altama Ave and Bristol Ave in Brunswick – Thursday, May 11, 2017

DRINKING WATER WARNING

BOIL YOUR WATER FOR THREE MINUTES BEFORE USING

The Brunswick water system has lost pressure in the area serving the 5000 block of Altama Ave and all of Bristol Ave on Thursday, May 11, 2017 due to pine tree roots growing into the main causing fractures.

This loss of pressure in the distribution system may cause back-pressure, back-siphonage, or a net movement of water from outside the pipe to the inside through cracks, breaks, or joints in the distribution system that are common in all water systems. Such a system failure carries with it a potential that bacterial contamination or other disease-causing organisms could enter the water distribution system. These conditions may pose an imminent and substantial health endangerment to persons served by the water system.

This precautionary boil water advisory is being published as a warning to those that live in, work in, or travel through the affected area. During the period of the loss of pressure, water will also not be available for fire suppression use. The map below indicates the limit to which this precautionary boil water advisory applies:

What should I do?

  • DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a rolling boil for at least (3) three minutes, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. ALL STORED WATER, DRINK OR ICE MADE RECENTLY FROM THIS SUPPLY SHALL BE DISCARDED.
  • Bathing, showering and toilet flushing may be performed using water from the tap without boiling it first.
  • Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites which can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly and people with severely compromised immune systems.
  • The symptoms above are not caused only by organisms in drinking water. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.

What is being done?

As soon as pressure can be restored to the distribution system, our water lab personnel will take water samples that will be fully evaluated over the next twenty-four to forty-eight hour period following the repair of the main. Once we have determined that there is no longer a threat of harmful bacteria in the water, we will inform you that you are no longer required to boil your water by posting an update here on our website: http://www.bgjwsc.org.

Water System ID#: 1270001

Date distributed: 5/11/17 12:14 PM

What is a Boil Water Advisory? READ MORE HERE

Precautionary Boil Water Advisory – Glynn Pines Apartments in Brunswick – Wednesday, May 10, 2017

DRINKING WATER WARNING

BOIL YOUR WATER FOR THREE MINUTES BEFORE USING

The Brunswick water system has lost pressure in the area serving Glynn Pines Apartments on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 due to a broken service connection in the private water system serving a residential unit in the apartment area. Water to the entire complex must be turned off to enable a plumbing contractor to repair the break.

This loss of pressure in the distribution system may cause back-pressure, back-siphonage, or a net movement of water from outside the pipe to the inside through cracks, breaks, or joints in the distribution system that are common in all water systems. Such a system failure carries with it a potential that bacterial contamination or other disease-causing organisms could enter the water distribution system. These conditions may pose an imminent and substantial health endangerment to persons served by the water system.

This precautionary boil water advisory is being published as a warning to those that live in, work in, or travel through the affected area. During the period of the loss of pressure, water will also not be available for fire suppression use. The map below indicates the limit to which this precautionary boil water advisory applies:

What should I do?

  • DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a rolling boil for at least (3) three minutes, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. ALL STORED WATER, DRINK OR ICE MADE RECENTLY FROM THIS SUPPLY SHALL BE DISCARDED.
  • Bathing, showering and toilet flushing may be performed using water from the tap without boiling it first.
  • Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites which can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly and people with severely compromised immune systems.
  • The symptoms above are not caused only by organisms in drinking water. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.

What is being done?

As soon as pressure can be restored to the distribution system, our water lab personnel will take water samples that will be fully evaluated over the next twenty-four to forty-eight hour period following the repair of the main. Once we have determined that there is no longer a threat of harmful bacteria in the water, we will inform you that you are no longer required to boil your water by posting an update here on our website: http://www.bgjwsc.org.

Water System ID#: 1270001

Date distributed: 5/10/17 6:15 PM

What is a Boil Water Advisory? READ MORE HERE