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2018 Town Hall Meeting Update

For those unable to attend the town hall meeting held last night at the Glynn County Recreation Department Casino Building, an identical presentation will be held at the Howard Coffin Park Auditorium tonight, Wednesday, June 13.

Both meetings will be broadcast live and saved on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BGJWSC/

Each will also be posted to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/BrunswickGlynnJointWaterSewerCommission/

You may also download the presentation used at each, along with a brief billing estimate here:

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Thanks to all of those able to attend and contribute to the presentation and conversation regarding our budgetary needs and rate revision.

BGJWSC Water & Sewer Bill Calculator

In anticipation of questions that you may have regarding our pending rate revision, the following bill calculator is being made available. You can enter your monthly flow in the frame below and the rates for each year from 2014 to 2018 will display your previous billing amount and allow you to compare that to the two 2019 rates being considered.

Though we have previously only displayed your consumption in thousands of gallons, staff is presently working towards displaying consumption down to the gallon read on the meter. This should serve to simplify your monthly billing and your budgeting process as fluctuations month-to-month should be smaller as long as your consumption is consistent and no leaks exist.

Bills mailed out in June of 2018 will begin showing this per gallon consumption. As indicated in the calculator, all billing statements sent starting with our 2019 Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2018 will be billed to the gallon measured. However, a decision regarding a rate change (labeled “2019 by gallon”) versus a structure change (labeled “2019 with base”) has yet to be made as an amendment to the BGJWSC Operating Agreement must be approved by both the City of Brunswick and Glynn County Commission boards next month before it can take affect.

Though you can see all details in the frame below by scrolling up and down, left and right within the frame, you can also click on the button on the bottom right of the calculator, labeled “View full-size workbook” and it will open up in a new screen for you using Microsoft Excel Online. You may also click download button at the bottom of the frame to save a version that can be edited on your PC or Mac using Microsoft Excel.

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Bill Statement Backer Back by Popular Demand!

While upgrading to our new billing system in July of 2017, we temporarily removed the information that had been printed on the back of the monthly statement. Now that we have made the necessary changes, we will resume filling in the back with details of how to understand you bill more easily.

One change that will affect some of you is the absence of the block on the bottom of the statement for filling in credit card information. Our merchant services vendor, BB&T Bank, scans the stub on the bottom of your bill to ensure that your mailed in check is processed quickly and accurately. This area must now remain blank on the back of the stub to facilitate their processing.  Please use our Citizen Access Portal available on our website or visit us at 1703 Gloucester Street to process a card payment.

We will continue to strive for excellence in all that we do.

Sewer System Related Sinkhole Under Repair in Sea Palms West

The BGJWSC has a sewer repair project at 19 Wimbledon Court in the Sea Palms West subdivision on Saint Simons Island.

A 12 inch ductile gravity main is being repaired near Lift Station 2032 off of Frederica Road. Because of the 25 foot depth, the repairs have been turned over to a contractor. We apologize for any disruptions to traffic or noise issues created by this repair project. Every attempt to have these repairs completed as soon and as safely as possible are being made.

Requests for information can be directed to Jay Sellers at (912) 261-7123.

SPLOST 2016 Phase I – North Mainland Sewer Improvement Capacity Update

The Brunswick-Glynn Joint Water & Sewer Commission (JWSC) is pleased to announce that the SPLOST 2016 – Phase I – North Mainland Sewer Improvements project has progressed well. The project engineer/contractor has performed intermediate flow testing. Reports indicate the system can currently provide capacity sufficient to allow a limited amount of new connections in the North Mainland sewer collection system.

Applicants with immediate need may apply for new sewer connections in the North Mainland. Immediate need will be defined as those needing sewer connection for building permitting or occupancy certification. Allowance for connection to the sewer system is at the discretion of the Executive Director and may be contingent upon the applicant providing proof of a valid Glynn County/City of Brunswick building permit within 60 days of submission of an application to the JWSC. Failure to provide proof of permitting may result in revocation of capacity allowance and the refund of fees as allowed in the JWSC Rate Resolution policies.

The intent is to provide this intermediate capacity to those with immediate need first. Once the Phase I project is complete the system capacity will be reevaluated and application restrictions may be lifted. Completion of Phase I is expected to provide a limited amount of surplus capacity. Long term capacity improvements are expected to be realized with the full completion of additional SPLOST phases. In all cases, final capacity improvements will not be designated until measurements can be taken at each milestone of overall project completion.

If you have any questions regarding this announcement or information on whether a specific location is affected, please contact the office of JWSC Planning & Construction (912) 261-7126. Applications for new service may be placed at the JWSC main office. For new service, please see Tiffany Tiner, JWSC Service Review Specialist.

Public Notice – Exit 29 WPCP NPDES Permit Renewal Application

PUBLIC NOTICE

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR A NATIONAL POLLUTANT DISCHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEM PERMIT TO DISCHARGE TREATED WASTEWATER INTO THE WATERS OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA.

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) is considering the reissuance of a NPDES permit for the following applicant, subject to specific pollutant limitations and special conditions:

Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission, 1703 Gloucester Street, Brunswick, Georgia 31520, NPDES Permit No. GA0038938 for the Exit 29 Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) located at 391 South Port Parkway, Brunswick, Georgia 31523 (Glynn County).  Up to 1.5 MGD of treated wastewater is discharged into the Little Satilla River in the Satilla River Basin.  The permit also allows distribution of treated effluent to reuse customers for irrigation purposes.

Persons wishing to comment upon or object to the proposed determinations are invited to submit same in writing to the EPD address below, or via e-mail at EPDcomments@dnr.ga.gov, no later than thirty (30) days after this notification.  If you choose to e-mail your comments, please be sure to include the words “Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission – Exit 29 WRF, NPDES Permit No. GA0038938 (Glynn County)” in the subject line to ensure that your comments will be forwarded to the correct staff.  All Comments received prior to or on that date will be considered in the formulation of final determinations for this permit.  A public hearing may be held where the EPD Director finds a significant degree of public interest in a proposed permit or group of permits.  Additional information regarding public hearing procedures is available by writing the Environmental Protection Division.

The permit application, draft permit, and other information are available for review at 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Suite 1152 East, Atlanta, Georgia, 30334 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  For additional information contact: Benoit Causse, Wastewater Regulatory Program, Phone (404) 463-1511.

Please bring this to the attention of persons who you know will be interested in this matter.

The full application and details of the permit may be viewed below in Adobe Acrobat pdf format:
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Update Regarding Winter Storm Grayson – Wednesday, January 3, 2018

As of noon on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, our area continues to be under a hard freeze warning. Please continue to drip water to reduce the likelihood that your pipes may freeze. Our volume of stored water can keep up with this demand. We also have backup power at well pumping stations.

Dripping an outside spigot may help avoid the possibility of a sanitary sewer overflow in areas that are affected by a power outage as our sanitary sewer pumping stations may not be in operation. Water restrictions are not in place system-wide but you are encouraged to reduce water consumption that contributes to flow into the sanitary sewer system.

According to the National Weather Service, rains will taper off as the weather system passes around 1:00 pm today. We will continue to see freezing temperatures over the next two days. Afternoon temperature tomorrow is expected to be in the area of 41 degrees, at best.

As a result of these conditions, the BGJWSC administrative staff office will tentatively remain closed until noon on Thursday, January 4. Staff are now responding to service outages. If this situation escalates, we will post an update on our website.

Administrative Offices Closed Wednesday, January 3, 2017

Due to the inclement weather forecast for our area tomorrow, Wednesday, January 3, the administrative office of the BGJWSC will be closed. We anticipate reopening Thursday morning at 8:00 am. We hope for your safety and ask for you to observe all necessary precautions to provide a safe environment for your family, your pets, your plants and your pipes.

Edit 5:34 pm – please turn off all irrigation systems to reduce the likelihood of ice on the sidewalks and roadways.

The following graphic will be helpful in your preparations:

All-Clear for Boil Water Advisory Issued for Magnolia Street on St. Simons Island on Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Effective immediately, as of 4:20 PM on Thursday, December 28, 2017, all required microbiological testing of water samples from the area affected by the boil water advisory issued for Magnolia Street on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 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