Public Notice – Draft Industrial Wastewater Pretreatment Permit for Pinova, Inc.

PUBLIC NOTICE

The Brunswick-Glynn Joint Water & Sewer Compliance & Legislative Committee has approved the release of one new/revised industrial draft permit for public review and comment. This permit has been drafted pursuant to the Code of Federal Regulations, 40 CFR Part 403, the Glynn County Water Use Ordinance, Article III & the City of Brunswick Water Use Ordinance, Article III. The industrial pretreatment permits outline the steps the industries will follow in treating and monitoring their wastewater discharge as well as the steps Brunswick-Glynn Joint Water & Sewer Commission will follow in enforcing the regulations on permitted Industrial Users to the Sewage Treatment Plants.

A copy of this industrial pretreatment permit is available to be viewed by the public at the main office of the Brunswick-Glynn Joint Water & Sewer Commission, 1703 Gloucester Street, Brunswick, GA 31520.  This permit will be available for public review and comment between the hours of 9 AM and 3 PM, Monday through Friday, until July 21, 2017.  Any citizen interested in reviewing the draft industrial pretreatment permit and/or commenting on it may contact Angela Walker, Pretreatment Compliance Coordinator at Academy Creek Wastewater Department at 912-261-7143 to arrange a time for reviewing the permit or visit the main office and ask to view it.

You may also view a digital copy of the draft permit here: PINOVA_FINAL DRAFT PERMIT_Effective_Aug-1-2017

Public Emergency Notification System is Now Available

The BGJWSC has begun using a Public Emergency Notification System for immediate mass communications of emergency information.

Effective at 8:00 am on Thursday, June 22, 2017, all boil water advisory alerts, unexpected road closures and unplanned service outages will be communicated to subscribers using this emergency notification system. This system, produced by Everbridge, Inc., will allow the public to set up multiple means of communication, including text, land-line phone message, cell phone message and email. If we fail to reach you using one method, the system will automatically roll over to the next method until you confirm receipt of the message. A brief introduction of this system is available in the orientation video below:

Existing customers that have provided an email address will receive an email to confirm their preferences for the service once their data has been put into the system. However, please feel free to register now, if you wish, as this data migration may take some time.

Those of you that have previously received emergency notifications via email from our online subscription service will find that system will be phased out by the end of August, 2017 at which time all emergency notifications will be sent out via this Public Emergency Notification System. All non-emergency notifications will continue to be sent via the website email system, as outlined on the Subscribe to Updates page on our website.

I’m standing by to assist if you have any questions on how to make the transition or if you have questions about how to register for the new Public Emergency Notification System.

Sincerely,

Jay Sellers, Public Information Officer
jsellers@bgjwsc.org
912.261.7123

Road Closure – 1400 Block of Windward Drive on St. Simons Island – Monday, June 19, 2017

Attention

Road Closure Notification

In order to perform sewer service repairs in the area, the 1400 block of Windward Drive in Sea Palms will be closed to thru traffic, between Colonial Drive and Great Oak Place, from 8:00 a.m. on Monday, June 19th, 2017 until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20th, 2017. Homeowner access will be maintained but all other traffic should be prepared to take another route.

BGJWSC crew members will be repairing a broken 4″ clay sanitary sewer service connected to 1411 Windward Drive.

For more information on the project, please contact Jay Sellers at 912.261.7123 or Charita Emory at 261.7151.

The BGJWSC apologizes in advance for the inconvenience.

Sanitary Sewer Overflow on St. Simons Island – June 9, 2017

Update 6/12/2017 at 9:41: A map has been added below to indicate the affected area. More details as to the cause of the spill and the results have also been added.

The Brunswick Glynn Joint Water & Sewer Commission, operating under NPDES Permit GA0025313 in accordance with aforesaid permit and DNR Regulation 391-3-6-05 Emergency Actions, hereby make public notification of a wastewater spill that was reported on Friday, June 9, 2017 from an electrical failure at sanitary sewer pumping station 2023.

Date of Spill: 6/9/2017

Time: 10:00 AM

Location of Spill:
Gascoigne Lodge
1000 New Sea Island Road
St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522

Cause of Spill:  An apparent electrical equipment malfunction at sanitary sewer pumping station 2023 at 43 Kings Way caused the sewer system to surcharge and overflow at a manhole at 1000 New Sea Island Road behind apartment 9.

Estimated Volume of Discharge: >10,000 Gallons. Historical flow estimates at this pumping station place the discharge in the area of 10,000 to 20,000 gallons, though the volume of rain over the previous week may have led to a high concentration of ground water in that discharge.

State Waters Discharged: Gascoigne Pond

Corrective Action Taken: JWSC personnel repaired the electrical equipment malfunction at pumping station 2023 at 43 Kings Way and the station was brought back to working order. The JWSC spread lime on the affected area of the shoreline, approximately 6 square feet. The JWSC is also are running two bypass pumps in Gascoigne Pond to aerate the affected receiving waters. The JWSC laboratory will continue to test this area.

Regulatory Compliance: Signs were placed along the immediately affected areas to indicate the presence of a sanitary sewer overflow (SSO). The Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources was notified, along with local authorities and the Glynn County Health Department District Environmental Health Manager.

Immediate Results and Investigation: As of 8:44 on Monday morning, June 12, 2017, pumping station 2023 is functioning properly again. The Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) communications equipment has been replaced and tested using a ‘known-good’ backup unit. The water in the associated pond where the overflow drained to has been aerated following the discovery of the spill, with staff reacting with the pumping equipment within two hours of responding to the situation. Aeration dissipated the odor nearly immediately. No fish were killed in this event. This was likely due to the fact that much of the overflow was very dilute from rain flow and groundwater inflow and infiltration entering the station.

Our sewer pumping stations transmit failures at the station via SCADA equipment. Under normal circumstances, the crew responsible for monitoring the station for alarms can remotely correct failures. We have staff available 24 hours a day, seven days a week that are licensed, certified by the state, trained and qualified to perform routine maintenance, such as the replacement of pumps, antenna, power breakers, electronic circuit boards, and wiring to the electronics. We also have the capability to set float switch points, such as those that trigger the pump to operate and those that trigger high water alarms.

As we do not presently have a licensed electrician on staff, we contract out any primary electrical work from the Georgia Power pole to the main breaker at the station. All points beyond the main breaker at the station are maintained by JWSC staff or Data Flow Systems (DFS), our SCADA hardware and software provider. The JWSC management has approved adding a licensed master electrician in the coming fiscal year, contingent upon budget adoption.

After investigations over the weekend (6/9-6/12), it appears that the remote control communications device, called the Telemetry Control Unit or TCU, malfunctioned. The two submersible pumps at the station did not fail and testing has confirmed that they are in working order, having been replaced with new pumps on or about October of 2016. Burned contacts were cited, which would have caused the TCU to not give the pumps the “run” command. The red alarm light on top of the station, which activates independently from the TCU contacts, did engage. However, an audible horn and alarms to SCADA did not transmit by radio to the on-call staff member. In a certain sense, the redundant alarms failed, as did the TCU, creating the “perfect storm” effect. That doesn’t fully explain the lack of alarms we expected by radio, as the programming logic generally dictates that a fault code would be sent if communications fails. Our present system does not have a feature available that would enable an alarm via SCADA if a pump hasn’t run within a specified period of time.

Staff will be communicating with both DFS and our electrical contractor to determine what caused the failure, whether it was a hardware failure, a power surge, a power phase problem, lightning, etc., and how to minimize the risk of failure in the future. Rest assured that this failure was isolated and there are no indications that any of the other pumping stations have suffered from the same electronics/electrical failure at this time.

Sanitary sewer overflows are not a new occurrence. Aging infrastructure continues to pose challenges. During a reorganization of the Systems Pumping and Maintenance Division in 2014, policies and procedures were updated to more accurately follow EPA and EPD guidelines, and SSOs are being more faithfully declared.

Contact for Any Additional Information:

Kirk Young, Superintendent
Systems Pumping and Maintenance Division
Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission
Phone Number 912-261-7152
Email kyoung@bgjwsc.org

###

This notice is being made available immediately to all local print and radio media to allow for publication and notification. A formal advertisement will be run in the Brunswick News at the next regular printing to satisfy the statutory needs to distribute via a local paper of record.

Road Closure – 2200 Block of Pinewood Drive in Brunswick – Monday, June 12, 2017

Attention

Road Closure Notification

In order to perform sewer main repairs in the area, the 2200 block of Pinewood Drive in Magnolia Park will be closed to thru traffic, between Poinsetta Circle and Cherry Street, from 8:00 a.m. on Monday, June 12th, 2017 until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13th, 2017. Homeowner access will be maintained but all other traffic should be prepared to take another route.

For more information on the project, please contact Jay Sellers at 912.261.7123 or Charita Emory at 912.261.7151.

The BGJWSC apologizes in advance for the inconvenience.