Effective immediately, as of 9:30 AM on Thursday, July 18, 2019, all required microbiological testing of water samples from the area affected by the boil water advisory issued for Sections of the Arco Area, North of Ninth Street in Brunswick on Wednesday, July 17, 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.
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The Brunswick water system lost pressure on the system serving the Arco area in Brunswick, Knight Street and sections of Ninth, Tenth, Cedar Street, and Emanuel Ave due to a planned outage to repair valves in the area. 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 Thursday July 18, 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:
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.
Sewer smoke testing has been scheduled for Shore Rush Drive and Shore Rush Circle in Sea Palms on St. Simons Island for this Thursday, July 18, 2019.
Routinely, the Systems Monitoring Crew of the BGJWSC goes through the process of determining whether the wastewater collection system is leaking in such a way that ground water may be seeping into the system underground (infiltration) or through broken clean-out caps or manholes (inflow). This testing is done to ensure that the wastewater treatment process is run efficiently, meaning a financial savings for all of our customers.
When work is being performed in your area, you may find a tag hanging on your doorknob. The content of this tag is show below:
Sewer Smoke Testing Operations
The public wastewater collection lines serving you will be smoke tested during the next several days. This is routine testing performed by all sewer utilities to find breaks or leaks in the pipes, and to identify illegal or improper connections to the system. This testing also provides a valuable service to you, our sewer users, by simultaneously checking the plumbing in homes and businesses at the same time.
If smoke gets into your building while we are testing in the area, please do the following:
Open doors and windows, and turn on fans, to let the smoke out of the building;
Try to determine how or from what drain the smoke escaped into the building;
Leave the building or the room until the smoke clears.
Do not be alarmed, the smoke we use is not toxic and does not cause or indicate a fire. This product has been approved for use by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) for areas where people are present. However, inhalation of large amounts may cause nausea, so try not to expose yourself to any more than necessary. Asthma sufferers should leave the area immediately as any chemical smoke may bring on attack.
Please repair any broken pipe, toilet seal, washer connections or other plumbing fixtures that allow this smoke to get into your building. If this smoke can get in, the sewer gas and odors can also get in the building. Call us if you have any questions or any other concerns.
If this work is being performed in your area, please review the tag and be prepared to contact us at 912.261.7151 if you have any concerns that we can address. We consider it a pleasure to serve you and aim to make services as efficient and reliable as possible.
In order to perform repair of a failing 8″ valve in the area, water service will be unavailable from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 for Knight Street and sections of Ninth, Tenth and Cedar Streets of the Arco area in Brunswick. Once service has been restored on Wednesday afternoon, a boil water advisory will be issued until 24 hours following the last point of repair.
The map below indicates the impacted area:
Doorknob notices will be left for all service connections prior to the outage. For more information on the project, please contact Alvin Hall at 912.261.7162 or Jay Sellers at 261.7123.
The BGJWSC apologizes in advance for the inconvenience.