Category Archives: General News

Hurricane Michael Support Provided by Local Partners

We were very fortunate to have not seen much local impact from Hurricane Michael this past week. As an act of support for those in West Georgia affected greatly by Hurricane Michael, mutual aid has been coordinated by Georgia Emergency Management Agency, Glynn County Emergency Management Agency, Georgia Rural Water Association and the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources for the JWSC to loan five 200 kW generators to meet critical needs for those living without power, which is impacting essential water and sewer services in Bainbridge, GA.

These generators are being transported today in partnership between members of both JWSC and Glynn County Public Works staff. Pictured here are, left to right, Mike Schueler, Jerry Aldridge, Randolph Grovner, Chris Hutchins, and John McCallum.

Office Closure Related to Hurricane Michael

Due to potential service outages caused by the impact of Hurricane Michael, the administrative offices of the Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water & Sewer Commission will be closed from Wednesday, October 10 at 2:00 PM until 12:00 PM on Thursday, October 11, weather permitting.

All emergency services will still be available during this period by calling 912.634.0258.

In Memoriam – Dana Whitmore

It’s with a heavy heart that we make you aware that one of our highly valued customer service employees, Dana Whitmore, passed away Wednesday morning, August 29, 2018. Dana had served the community with us over four years and was loved by both our customers and our staff. We believe that you couldn’t find a sweeter, kinder and big-hearted lady anywhere. She loved her job and always looked forward to helping our customers. She always had a smile on her face. Days where others might have suffered under a mountain of stress seemed to never bring her down. She will be deeply missed by those that had the blessing of building a relationship with her.

For the last month or so, she had been battling problems with her kidneys and her pancreas. After being admitted to the hospital August 2nd, it was discovered that Dana had passed a stone into her pancreas and medical staff couldn’t get her overwhelmed body to calm down enough so they could remove it. There were too many complications. Family and friends assembled quickly by her side to share their love and their memories of life with Dana. We are comforted to know that her husband, Bill, and her sister, Mary, were with her when she passed.

Please keep Bill and the family in your prayers as they go through this difficult time.

If you would like to attend visitation to pay respects and show love to the family, the visitation will be held at Edo Miller Funeral Home Friday night, August 31, from 6:00 to 8:00 with a service at Edo Miller Saturday afternoon, September 1, at 4:00.

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

Updated 6/22/18 following acceptance of the new rate resolution. – Jay Sellers

In anticipation of questions that you may have regarding our 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 new 2019 rate structure.

Though we have previously only displayed your consumption in thousands of gallons, we will be 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 began 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.

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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