Category Archives: General News

All-Clear for Boil Water Advisory Issued for Menendez Avenue on St Simons Island on Thursday, May 16, 2019

Effective immediately, as of 4:20 PM on Friday, May 17, 2019, all required microbiological testing of water samples from the area affected by the boil water advisory issued for Menendez Avenue on St Simons Island on Thursday May 16, 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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Executive Director Resignation Accepted by the JWSC

On Friday, May 3, 2019, Jimmy Junkin verbally expressed his desire to resign from the JWSC for personal reasons. A special called meeting was held today, Wednesday, May 8, in which members of the Board addressed the matter.

The Board voted to accept his resignation as Executive Director and engage him as a consultant to assist in the leadership transition. The Board also voted to name Deputy Executive Director, Andrew Burroughs, as Interim Executive Director.

The Board acknowledges and appreciates the work Mr. Junkin accomplished during his tenure and wishes him well in his future endeavors.

St Simons Island Sanitary Sewer Smoke Testing Project Beginning on May 1, 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 on St. Simons Island?

On Monday, April 29, 2019, members of JWSC staff will be present in room 108 of the St. Simons Island Casino at 550 Beachview Drive from 6:00 to 8:00 PM to discuss the project. A short presentation will be repeated every 30 minutes with time allotted for discussion. Please drop in when you can to hear more about this process that will use a mist that is safe for your health and for the environment.

The map below will be on display in large format and copies of the schedule will be made available so that you may be best prepared to see the crew members from McKim & Creed Engineering Consultants as they perform this essential work:


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:

Hydrants Being Tested This Week by JWSC Contractor

Please don’t be alarmed if you spot a crew with DMD Consultants on their vehicles or uniforms exercising hydrants near you this week. In an effort to be proactive and determine maintenance priorities for our vital fire suppression distribution network, DMD will be performing manufacturer recommended inspections on 160 hydrants this week.

For more information on the project, please contact Jay Sellers at 912.261.7123 or email

Public Notice – St. Simons Island Sanitary Sewer Smoke Testing Project, Public Information Meeting, Monday, April 29, 2019 @ 6:00 PM

For your consideration, please review the public notice for the JWSC Public Information Meeting regarding the St. Simons Island Sanitary Sewer Smoke Testing Project.  The drop-in meeting will be held on Monday, April 29, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in room 108 at the St. Simons Island Casino located at 550 Beachview Drive, SSI.

SSI_Sanitary_Sewer_Smoke_Testing_Project_Public_Notice_April_29,_2019 – Posted 4/22/19.


Planned Water Service Outage for Improvements – Sections of J Street – Thursday, February 7, 2019

Planned Water Service Outage Notification

In order to complete a loop system for a water main on J street in Brunswick, water service will be intermittent from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 7, 2019 from Good Year to Tillman Avenue, including the 2000 block of Tillman. Homeowner access will be maintained and efforts will be made to maintain traffic flow throughout the neighborhood.

Following the repair process on Thursday, a precautionary boil water advisory will be issued once full service has been restored. This advisory will extend until 18 to 24 hours following the last point of repair, with the all-clear tentatively expected for Friday afternoon.

For more information on the project, please contact Alvin Hall at 912.261.7162 or Jay Sellers at 912.261.7123.

The BGJWSC apologizes in advance for the inconvenience.

BGJWSC 2018-2019 Federal Furlough Relief Program

Effective January 24, 2019, BGJWSC account holders that can display an official and current Federal government ID will be cutoff exempt and late fee exempt until 30 days following the official reopen date as approved by the Congress. Customers will need to visit the customer service office at 1703 Gloucester St and complete a form for the offer to apply. The cutoff process will be placed on hold until Tuesday, January 29th, to provide time for our Federal customers to come see us.

Any customer that had already been approved for a payment plan and had kept the terms of the plan prior to the start of the Federal furlough on December 22, 2018 will also quality for the program. Those that had not kept the terms of the payment plan up to that date must pay any past due amount to catch that payment plan up prior to qualification.

Any balance due 30 calendar days after the official reopen of government would then be paid to avoid putting the customer at risk of disconnection.

The BGJWSC recognizes the financial hardship placed on those that have been impacted by the Federal furlough and proudly offers assistance to help see you through this struggle.

2019 Strategic Business Plan Announced

As a roadmap for our continuous improvement, the BGJWSC has developed a Strategic Business Plan for 2019.

The initial presentation of the Strategic Business Plan was made on November 15, 2018. The recording can be viewed below and the slides used in the presentation are attached beneath it in Adobe Acrobat .pdf format:

Strategic Business Plan 2019-01-08 with Core Values Added

Our Strategic Business Plan is available in its entirety for those that are seeking a deeper understanding of our 20 initiatives. Updates may be posted here to accommodate necessary course corrections.

BGJWSC Strategic Business Plan 2019