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Precautionary Boil Water Advisory – 2100 & 2200 block of Gordon Street – Tuesday, November 12, 2019

DRINKING WATER WARNING

BOIL YOUR WATER FOR THREE MINUTES BEFORE USING

The Brunswick water system lost pressure on the system serving the 2100 & 2200 block of Gordon Street and 1800 K Street due to contractor hitting a 2″ PVC main while digging.  Service has now been restored and BGJWSC lab personnel have collected water samples for testing. This testing, which takes between 18 and 24 hours, should be completed the afternoon of Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 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: https://www.bgjwsc.org.

Date distributed: 11/12/19 1:00 PM

What is a Boil Water Advisory? READ MORE HERE

 

Deputy Executive Director Andrew Burroughs Selected to Lead as Executive Director

During the public meeting of the BGJWSC Board of Commissioners on Thursday, November 7, Andrew Burroughs was offered the opportunity by unanimous vote to be contracted to serve as Executive Director, an offer he immediately accepted.

Mr. Burroughs relocated to Glynn County in September 2017 to serve as the Deputy Executive Director for the JWSC. In that role, he has focused his efforts on improving operational efficiency through the implementation of strategic asset management. Having previously served as the Process Assets Manager for the City of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where he was in charge of wastewater operations, his training and experience in that utility had him well prepared to develop this systematic approach to resolving the operational needs he encountered here. His commitment to this plan, his relationship with staff, the management team and the Board made him a prime candidate for the Executive Director position when it became available in early 2019.

Executive Director Andrew Burroughs addresses staff preparing to respond during Hurricane Dorian in August 2019

Mr. Burroughs is a graduate of the University of Alabama where he acquired a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering. As a registered Professional Engineer in the states of Georgia and Alabama, he is expected to pursue the highest possible standards in regards to infrastructure development, maintenance, and project management, standards that guide his daily management of just over 160 staff at the utility.

His highest priority is a focus on the management of public trust in the community. Previous experience as an Environmental Engineering Specialist with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (an equivalent to our GA DNR) taught Mr. Burroughs the value of clearly communicating to the public the need for sustainable and thoughtful use of our limited resources. Standing between the US EPA and the consumer in the chain of permit approval, environmental standards compliance enforcement and permit violation complaint resolution revealed to him the fragile relationship that exists with the consumption of drinking water and the critical need to ensure that future generations are able to judge our present actions in a positive light.

Mr. Burroughs has also been keenly aware of the balance that must be maintained in regards to environmentally responsible water use and treatment of wastewater, having spent over four years on the management team with the City of Tuscaloosa where he was instrumental in the day-to-day operations of both water distribution, wastewater collection and treatment.  “I was taught by many past mentors to value and communicate a strategic business plan with buy-in from the staff in the field to the leaders in the board room,” he said, in regards to the challenges that he has faced in his career so far. “I believe that the staff of the JWSC is very capable of taking us into a future where we are considered a valuable and reliable partner in community development and I look forward to leading our team through the challenges that I know we’re going to have to face together to strengthen the utility.”

Chairman Turnipseed remarked on the announcement that “we had three excellent candidates and we got an excellent Executive Director that we’re looking forward to working with and we’re looking forward to seeing this JWSC really move forward and prosper under his leadership.”

Mr. Burroughs enjoys spending time with his wife and their 2-year-old daughter, cooking, outdoor activities, and Alabama football. An ordained deacon at Golden Isles Presbyterian Church, he and his family also enjoy serving to grow God’s kingdom and glorify Him in all they do.

Brunswick Sanitary Sewer Smoke Testing Project Beginning on October 14, 2019

Want to know more about the smoke testing methodology that will be used to help set maintenance priorities for our sanitary sewer collection system in Brunswick?

The maps below indicate the areas that will be tested over the next two months:

The numbers marked on the map indicate sewer basin references used internally for record keeping. While specific dates are not available for testing of each basin, doorknob notices will be distributed a few days in advance to commencement of testing in an area.

One significant product of this study is the identification of defects in our sewer mains and private service connections that may be contributing to an increase in wastewater processing costs at the treatment plant due to rainwater pouring into manholes and clean out connections (known as inflow) and groundwater seeping into cracks in pipes (known as infiltration).

Smoke may rise up in the street, in your yard or even in your house but our consultant will have their staff actively alerting you to their presence in your area while the work is being performed. The visual below may help with your understand of what paths this mist or smoke may take while venting out to the atmosphere:

To aid in your understanding, our staff has also produced the following videos on the subject:

Open House Meeting to Discuss North Mainland Sewer Improvements – Thursday, September 26, 2019

Whitlock Street sewer main being lined with a cured-in-place “sock” in April 2019.

Todd Kline and Jason Vo from the BGJWSC, along with Chris Stovall from Thomas & Hutton Engineering and Tim Patton from IPR Southeast, LLC, will be hosting a meet and greet to discover the methods and means to be used during our upcoming sewer improvements that will benefit the community. Learn how cured-in-place pipe technology will help us minimize cost and traffic interruptions.

Please drop in to visit us anytime from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, September 26, 2019 in the BGJWSC board room at 1703 Gloucester Street (access from the Lee Street side door). A visual presentation will begin every 30 minutes with a question and answer period to follow.

All-Clear for Boil Water Advisory Issued for Center Drive in Brunswick on Thursday, September 12, 2019

Effective immediately, as of 10:40 AM on Friday, September 13, 2019, all required microbiological testing of water samples from the area affected by the boil water advisory issued for Center Drive in Brunswick on Thursday, September 12, 2019 have 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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Final Candidates for Executive Director Position Selected

The Brunswick Glynn County Joint Water Sewer Commission is pleased to announce the top three candidates for the Executive Director position. Commissioners will begin a thorough interview process to select the Director. The candidates are:  Mr. Louis B. Martinez, Yorktown, Virginia;  Mr. Andrew Burroughs, Brunswick, Georgia and Mr. Jeremy D. Johnston, Jacksonville, FL.  A final selection will not be made until after September 27, 2019 and is dependent on final candidate interviews.

Commissioner Don Elliott
HR Committee

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Office closure due to Hurricane Dorian

Due to the expected inclement weather, the Joint Water and Sewer Commission Administrative Office located at 1703 Gloucester St, along with non-essential field offices, will be closed from Tuesday, September 3, 2019 through Thursday, September 5, 2019, with regular business expected to resume on Friday, September 6 at 8:00 AM.

Emergency services will still be available during this time by contacting 912-634-0258. Online payment transactions may be unavailable during this time.

Please subscribe to the JWSC Emergency Notification System to get instant reports on potential service outages and boil water advisories at https://www.bgjwsc.org/subscribe.

All-Clear for Boil Water Advisory Issued for the Coastal Condominiums in Brunswick on Thursday, August 15, 2019

Effective immediately, as of 10:00 AM on Friday,  August 16, 2019, all required microbiological testing of water samples from the area affected by the boil water advisory issued for Coastal Condominiums in Brunswick on Thursday, August 15, 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. 

National Call Before You Dig Day – Sunday, August 11, 2019

811 - Call Before You Dig811 Day: What You Need to Know

August 11 is designated as 811 Day. The calendar date serves as a natural reminder for anyone who plans to dig to call 811 prior to the start of their project to have underground utility lines marked.

811 isn’t just for excavators.

  • Every digging project – big or small — requires a call to 811. Whether you are planting a tree, installing a mailbox, laying a foundation, or doing mechanized excavation, you need to call 811.
  • Calling 811 a few days prior to digging notifies utility companies of your intent to dig and gives representatives time to mark underground lines. It’s the law.
  • Laws in all 50 states require you to call 811 prior to the commencement of digging, boring, drilling, etc. Be sure to check the requirements in your state.
  • Lines need to be marked for each separate project, even if the same work was done in the same area previously. Never guess where an underground line is located. 811 can be called from anywhere in the country.
  • The call is routed to the one call center closest to you.
  • A representative from your local one call center will respond to your call and notify affected utility companies of your intent to dig.
  • Utility companies will send a professional locator to the digging site to identify and mark the location of underground lines.
  • Once lines have been marked, respect the marks and dig carefully around them. The consequences of not calling can be deadly.
  • Third-party damage is the primary cause of damage to underground lines in the United States.
  • It’s easy to underestimate the risk when lines are buried underground, but hitting an underground utility line while digging can cause serious injuries, disrupt service, and threaten your community and the environment.
  • You could also be held responsible for repair costs and lost revenues while the line is out of service, and may be required to pay fines.

PROMOTE SAFE DIGGING AT WORK & AT HOME

To learn more about 811, visit www.georgia811.com