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Update Regarding Whitlock Street Emergency Road Closure – April 22, 2019

On the morning of Thursday, April 18, 2019, the JWSC was alerted to a sinkhole that had developed in the eastern shoulder of Whitlock Street in Brunswick. For the safety of local residents, commuters and our staff, the road was fully closed until an update could be provided as to the cause and repair method for this sewer main collapse. The original road closure information is provided here: https://www.bgjwsc.org/emergency-road-closure-4100-block-of-whitlock-street-in-brunswick-thursday-april-18-2019/

As of Saturday, April 20, our staff has determined that the repair will be extensive enough to justify keeping the 4100 block of Whitlock Street closed in the vicinity of the worksite until the repair process can be completed. Homeowner access is being maintained but all other traffic should be prepared to take another route.

The following details may be helpful to understand the cause of the sinkhole, the condition of the gravity sewer main and the repair process:

  • The gravity main buried around 20 feet along Whitlock is made up of reinforced concrete pipe that has deteriorated over decades of use and become brittle in some sections, exposing the re-bar.
  • A 540 foot section of this pipe, manhole-to-manhole, is being bypassed to allow services to continue uninterrupted.
  • Later this week, CIPP (Cured In Place Pipe) technology materials will arrive that will allow the JWSC to repair the deteriorated pipe with a liner that will cure and harden to the point where a suitable long-term solution can be obtained short of excavating the street. A helpful video describing this process can be seen here.
  • Until this lining has been installed, Whitlock will continue to remain closed to thru-traffic.
  • Optimistically, the repairs could be completed by the end of this week.

Systems Pumping and Maintenance Superintendent Kirk Young is shown below holding sections of the deteriorated pipe:

Emergency Road Closure – 4100 Block of Whitlock Street in Brunswick – Thursday, April 18, 2019

Attention
Emergency Road Closure

In order to perform emergency repairs to a collapsed 30″ gravity sewer main in the 4100 block, Whitlock Street will be closed to thru traffic north of the Southern Road intersection. Homeowner access will be maintained but all other traffic should be prepared to take another route. At this time, no service outage is anticipated.

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

The BGJWSC apologizes in advance for the inconvenience.

The photo below illustrates the initial extent of the sinkhole:

 

All-Clear for Boil Water Advisory Issued for Sections of Sea Palms and Adjacent Connections on St Simons Island on Friday, April 12, 2019

Effective immediately, as of 11:15 AM on Saturday, April 13, 2019, all required microbiological testing of water samples from the area affected by the boil water advisory issued for sections of Sea Palms and adjacent connections, including the shopping center at 3600 Frederica, Shore Rush Drive, Shore Rush Circle, Driftwood Place, Peninsula Drive, South Windward Drive, Bay Berry Circle, Colonial Drive, and Great Oak Place, on Friday, April 12, 2019 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

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Precautionary Boil Water Advisory – Sections of Sea Palms and Adjacent Connections on St Simons Island – Friday, April 12, 2019

DRINKING WATER WARNING

BOIL YOUR WATER FOR THREE MINUTES BEFORE USING

UPDATE AS OF 11:54 AM: The responding staff are operating in Frederica Road, partially blocking the north-bound lane. Please expect delays and take another route, if possible.

The St. Simons Island water system lost pressure in the area serving sections of Sea Palms and adjacent connections, including the shopping center at 3600 Frederica, Shore Rush Drive, Shore Rush Circle, Driftwood Place, Peninsula Drive, South Windward Drive, Bay Berry Circle, Colonial Drive, and Great Oak Place on Friday, April 12, 2019 due to materials failure in an 8″ Transite water main. BGJWSC staff is onsite now restoring service. Once service has been restored, BGJWSC lab personnel will collect water samples for testing. This testing, which takes between 18 and 24 hours, should be completed the afternoon of Saturday, April 13, at which time an all-clear message will be posted.

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.

Date distributed: 4/12/19 11:16 AM

What is a Boil Water Advisory? READ MORE HERE

Emergency Road Closure – Arnold Road on St Simons Island – Saturday, April 6, 2019

Attention
Road Closure Notification

In order to perform emergency sewer force main repairs in the area, Arnold Road will be closed to thru traffic throughout Saturday evening, April 6, and early Sunday morning, April 7. Homeowner access will be maintained but all other traffic should be prepared to take another route.

A 10 inch ductile iron force main sustained materials failure due to age. An amount of raw sewage, the volume of which is unknown at the moment, reached the storm drainage system. This sanitary sewer overflow will require notification to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division and the report of the results of soil testing in the area will be provided to the public within 24 hours, posted to the JWSC website and published in the local paper of record.

At this time, bypass pumping is being utilized to maintain flow in the sewer system and no service outage is anticipated.

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

The BGJWSC apologizes in advance for the inconvenience.

The photos below illustrate the extent of the main break:

The Flow Newsletter – Issue 14 – April, May & June 2019

The Flow quarterly newsletter is a low-cost effort to guarantee that the news most relevant to you will be distributed with your billing statement. When necessary, news too long to print will be presented in a brief edition with more information referenced with a link to our website.

The latest edition is pictured below:

This edition is available for download below in Adobe Acrobat PDF format:
The_Flow_Newsletter_Issue_14_April_May_June_2019

Previous editions are available here as well.

If you would like to see information published in The Flow or on our website, please feel free to contact me.

Jay Sellers
Public Information Officer
912-261-7123
jsellers@bgjwsc.org

Precautionary Boil Water Advisory – Sections of Kemble Ave, Willet St and Wren St in Brunswick – Monday, April 1, 2019

DRINKING WATER WARNING

BOIL YOUR WATER FOR THREE MINUTES BEFORE USING

The Brunswick water system lost pressure in the area serving the 2900 block of Kemble Ave, the 2300 block of Willet Street and Wren St on Monday, April 1, 2019 due to the materials failure of a 2″ PVC water main connection. BGJWSC staff is onsite now restoring service. Once service has been restored, BGJWSC lab personnel will collect water samples for testing. This testing, which takes between 18 and 24 hours, should be completed the afternoon of Tuesday, April 2, at which time an all-clear message will be posted.

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.

Date distributed: 4/1/19 2:49 PM

What is a Boil Water Advisory? READ MORE HERE

All-Clear for Boil Water Advisory Issued for 2800 Block of Union Street in Brunswick on Saturday, March 30, 2019

Effective immediately, as of 3:51 PM on Sunday, March 31, 2019, all required microbiological testing of water samples from the area affected by the boil water advisory issued for the 2800 block of Union Street on Saturday, March 30, 2019 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

If you are receiving this information from any source other than our Public Emergency Notification System by Everbridge, please subscribe to receive these alerts via text, email or phone call instantly when the alert is posted. 

Precautionary Boil Water Advisory – 2800 Block of Union Street in Brunswick – Saturday, March 30, 2019

DRINKING WATER WARNING

BOIL YOUR WATER FOR THREE MINUTES BEFORE USING

The Brunswick water system lost pressure in the area serving the 2800 block of Union Street, between R Street and S Street, on Saturday, March 30, 2019 due to the failure of an adapter fitting on a 2″ PVC main. BGJWSC staff is onsite now restoring service. Once service has been restored, BGJWSC lab personnel will collect water samples for testing. This testing, which takes between 18 and 24 hours, should be completed the evening of Sunday, March 31, at which time an all-clear message will be posted.

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.

Date distributed: 3/30/19 8:30 PM

What is a Boil Water Advisory? READ MORE HERE