Category Archives: General News

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

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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

Paperless Billing Option Available for Signup

Over the next few months, we will be testing and improving upon a paperless billing setup. Please feel free to sign up for the service using the link below:

https://www.bgjwsc.org/paperless

For a short period of time, both paper and email statements will be mailed. Once testing has been completed, those that have signed up for the service will be notified that a paper bill will no longer be mailed.

Thanks in advance for your patience while we work to improve the process.

Jay Sellers, Director of Administration
912-261-7123
jsellers@bgjwsc.org

Lead and Copper Sample Testing To Be Completed

Pictured is Water Production Operator Michael Exum

Pictured is Water Production Operator Michael Exum

Lead and copper is not present in our water distribution network. However, the impact of older homes having used lead-fused service lines and internal plumbing could present a potential health hazard to you and your family. The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974 requires testing to ensure that lead and copper on private plumbing is not leaching into a customer’s drinking water. Homes built from 1983 to 1988 are the focus of the study as plumbing construction standards were more lenient during that time period.

For our customer’s safety, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division of the Department of Natural Resources actively enforces a regular end-use lead and copper testing program in compliance with the EPA standards.

The JWSC must maintain a database of 65 customers that volunteer for the testing program. As many as thirty locations will be selected out of that database and will be resampled every three years. Each district has a particular testing cycle that repeats from June 1st through September 30th. In 2019, St Simons Island and South Mainland Brunswick are due for testing. In 2020, Mainland Brunswick will be due.

JWSC staff will utilize mapping technology to identify customers whose home was built between the focus dates. A letter will be sent to a sample of 300 active customers from that report who are spread out over each district. The first thirty respondents that qualify for the program will be given a sample bottle with instructions on care and custody of the sample. If thirty samples are not correctly processed by the JWSC for a given testing period, our utility will be considered out of compliance and may receive negative consequences such as a consent order and/or fines.

Participation in the program will provide peace of mind that the level of lead present is not hazardous. Results mailed to the customer by the JWSC, which have been prepared by the EPD, will either indicate safe conditions or indicate that plumbing repairs may be needed to decrease lead levels in the home.

Thanks in advance for your willingness to provide a sample. The success of the program benefits us all and depends on voluntary individual participation.

Questions, concerns, or interest in participating may be directed to:

BGJWSC
Donnie Bankston
Water Production Superintendent
1703 Gloucester Street
Brunswick, GA 31520
dbankston@bgjwsc.org
912.261.7157

All-Clear for Boil Water Advisory Issued for Abbot Andrews Terrace in Brunswick on Monday, June 24, 2019

Effective immediately, as of 2:00 PM on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, all required microbiological testing of water samples from the area affected by the boil water advisory issued for Abbot Andrews Terrace in Brunswick on Monday, June 24, 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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Precautionary Boil Water Advisory – Commerce Drive in Brunswick– Friday, June 14, 2019

DRINKING WATER WARNING

BOIL YOUR WATER FOR THREE MINUTES BEFORE USING

The Brunswick water system lost pressure on the system serving Commerce Drive on Friday, June 14, 2019 due to materials failure of our water main. BGJWSC staff are onsite completing repairs. Once service has been restored, BGJWSC lab personnel will collect water samples for testing. This testing, which takes between 18 and 24 hours, should be completed the afternoon of Saturday, June 15, 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:


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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: http://www.bgjwsc.org.

Date distributed: 6/14/19

What is a Boil Water Advisory? READ MORE HERE

All-Clear for Boil Water Advisory Issued for North Harrington on St Simons Island on Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Effective immediately, as of 5:27 PM on Thursday, June 6, 2019, all required microbiological testing of water samples from the area affected by the boil water advisory issued for North Harrington Road on Wednesday, June 5, 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.