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Latest Public Education Video – What is a Boil Water Advisory?

We value you as a customer. Your time is also valuable to us. To help you understand what work we are doing for you everyday, we are developing a series of short videos that aim to give you a basic understanding of processes, procedures and equipment that is used to provide you with high-quality water and sewer services. We’ve already released videos related to how we communicate in an emergency, how a water meter is read, how budgets are developed, what causes water main breaks and others. Our...

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FYI – What is a Boil Water Advisory?

What Exactly is a Boil Water Advisory? We take every measure that we can to ensure that your water is safe to drink. You can normally expect your water to flow to your house at around 60 pounds per square inch (PSI). This pressure, coupled with a small amount of chlorine that’s added at the water plant, helps insure that no harmful bacteria gets a chance to grow. A boil water advisory is a precautionary notice sent out to alert customers that a main break has caused system pressure to drop below...

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FYI – Toilets Are Not Trashcans

Should it be flushed or not? Many citizens in our community may find themselves questioning whether or not they are able to flush certain substances/items. If you find that you are asking yourself, “can I flush this?” allow BGJWSC to help you. Remember the 3 P’s: Pee, Poop and Paper. Only two things should ever be flushed down the toilet through our sewer system, human excrement and toilet paper. Both are easily broken down within the sewer system allowing it to work as designed. It is safe to...

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For Your Information – Fluoride in the Water

Did you know that the Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water & Sewer Commission stopped adding fluoride to the drinking water system in 2013? Why was fluoride added to the drinking water in the first place? What was the cause of the policy change and what does this change to our drinking water production mean to our health as consumers of this precious resource? Consumers of the water produced by the JWSC may be surprised to discover that very little is done to change the water from the point...

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For Your Information – Opening Manhole Covers During A Storm

Riverside in Brunswick, GA – October 28, 2015 As Tropical Storm Hermine approaches, its important to recognize that citizens have been known to open up sanitary sewer manhole covers in an attempt to drain flood waters. Tropical Storm Erika in August, 2015 saw such activity. In as little as six inches of swift moving water, an adult person can be knocked off their feet. Opening up the manhole cover can cause an inrush of groundwater that can suck in persons and debris causing drowning and...

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For Your Information – What is FOG?

See if this sounds familiar to you: your family is sitting around the table after eating a perfect southern meal of fried chicken; mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, macaroni; and a big helping of apple pie or peach cobbler, with a healthy spoonful of ice cream, of course. When it comes time to clean up the kitchen, where does the fry grease go? Down the drain, right? Wrong! The grease that’s typically used for deep frying food is naturally going to solidify at room temperature and doesn’t...

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For Your Information – What is a Water Main Break?

Yesterday morning, some customers in the area near the Brunswick Campus of the Southeast Georgia Health System were affected by a water main break that occurred on the corner of Shrine Rd and Wildwood Dr. Service was available to the main hospital building itself, as our system does have loops and redundancies in place, but some buildings on Shrine Rd had low pressure or no water available until 4:00 p.m. Staff members from our Water Distribution Division were successful in repairing the break...

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For Your Information – What is GIS?

Before you turn on your tap and fill up a glass, the water coming to you has made quite a long trip. In our system, we have twenty-one wells that supply water to over 30,000 customers across 560 miles of pipe. Likewise, when you flush the commode or take a shower, the wastewater makes a trip across part of the 337 miles of pipe in our system then makes its way to one of three wastewater treatment plants. Keeping up with the location of these underground utilities previously involved hand drafted...

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For Your Information – Sewer Smoke Testing

Routinely, the Systems Monitoring Crew of the BGJWSC goes through the process of determining whether the wastewater collection system is leaking in such a way that ground water may be seeping into the system underground (infiltration) or through broken cleanout caps or manholes (inflow).  This testing is done to ensure that the wastewater treatment process is run efficiently, meaning a financial savings for all of our customers. When work is being performed in your area, you will find a tag hanging...

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