Precautionary Boil Water Advisory – 2100 & 2200 block of Gordon Street – Tuesday, November 12, 2019

DRINKING WATER WARNING

BOIL YOUR WATER FOR THREE MINUTES BEFORE USING

The Brunswick water system lost pressure on the system serving the 2100 & 2200 block of Gordon Street and 1800 K Street due to contractor hitting a 2″ PVC main while digging.  Service has now been restored and BGJWSC lab personnel have collected water samples for testing. This testing, which takes between 18 and 24 hours, should be completed the afternoon of Wednesday, November 13, 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:

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: https://www.bgjwsc.org.

Date distributed: 11/12/19 1:00 PM

What is a Boil Water Advisory? READ MORE HERE

 

Precautionary Boil Water Advisory – Fountain Cove Subdivision on SSI – Tuesday, November 12, 2019

DRINKING WATER WARNING

BOIL YOUR WATER FOR THREE MINUTES BEFORE USING

The St Simons Island water system lost pressure on the system serving the Fountain Cove Subdivision due to water main isolation during repair of a fire hydrant.  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 Wednesday, November 13, 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:

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: https://www.bgjwsc.org.

Date distributed: 11/12/19 12:26 PM

What is a Boil Water Advisory? READ MORE HERE

All-Clear for Boil Water Advisory Issued for Habersham St on Saturday, November 9, 2019

Effective immediately, as of 2:54 PM on Sunday, November 10, 2019, all required microbiological testing of water samples from the area affected by the boil water advisory issued for Habersham Street in Brunswick on Saturday, November 9, 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.

Food service establishments must contact the Glynn County Environmental Health – Georgia Department of Public Health at (912) 279-2940 to be inspected prior to opening.

What is a Boil Water Advisory? READ MORE HERE

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Precautionary Boil Water Advisory – Habersham St – Saturday, November 9, 2019

DRINKING WATER WARNING

BOIL YOUR WATER FOR THREE MINUTES BEFORE USING

The Brunswick water system lost pressure on the system serving Habersham Street from Clairmont to Townsend due to water main isolation during repair of the Glynn County storm drain project.  Service has now been restored and BGJWSC lab personnel have collected water samples for testing. This testing, which takes between 18 and 24 hours, should be completed the afternoon of Sunday, November 10, 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:

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: https://www.bgjwsc.org.

Date distributed: 11/9/19 2:40 PM

What is a Boil Water Advisory? READ MORE HERE

 

Deputy Executive Director Andrew Burroughs Selected to Lead as Executive Director

During the public meeting of the BGJWSC Board of Commissioners on Thursday, November 7, Andrew Burroughs was offered the opportunity by unanimous vote to be contracted to serve as Executive Director, an offer he immediately accepted.

Mr. Burroughs relocated to Glynn County in September 2017 to serve as the Deputy Executive Director for the JWSC. In that role, he has focused his efforts on improving operational efficiency through the implementation of strategic asset management. Having previously served as the Process Assets Manager for the City of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where he was in charge of wastewater operations, his training and experience in that utility had him well prepared to develop this systematic approach to resolving the operational needs he encountered here. His commitment to this plan, his relationship with staff, the management team and the Board made him a prime candidate for the Executive Director position when it became available in early 2019.

Executive Director Andrew Burroughs addresses staff preparing to respond during Hurricane Dorian in August 2019

Mr. Burroughs is a graduate of the University of Alabama where he acquired a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering. As a registered Professional Engineer in the states of Georgia and Alabama, he is expected to pursue the highest possible standards in regards to infrastructure development, maintenance, and project management, standards that guide his daily management of just over 160 staff at the utility.

His highest priority is a focus on the management of public trust in the community. Previous experience as an Environmental Engineering Specialist with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (an equivalent to our GA DNR) taught Mr. Burroughs the value of clearly communicating to the public the need for sustainable and thoughtful use of our limited resources. Standing between the US EPA and the consumer in the chain of permit approval, environmental standards compliance enforcement and permit violation complaint resolution revealed to him the fragile relationship that exists with the consumption of drinking water and the critical need to ensure that future generations are able to judge our present actions in a positive light.

Mr. Burroughs has also been keenly aware of the balance that must be maintained in regards to environmentally responsible water use and treatment of wastewater, having spent over four years on the management team with the City of Tuscaloosa where he was instrumental in the day-to-day operations of both water distribution, wastewater collection and treatment.  “I was taught by many past mentors to value and communicate a strategic business plan with buy-in from the staff in the field to the leaders in the board room,” he said, in regards to the challenges that he has faced in his career so far. “I believe that the staff of the JWSC is very capable of taking us into a future where we are considered a valuable and reliable partner in community development and I look forward to leading our team through the challenges that I know we’re going to have to face together to strengthen the utility.”

Chairman Turnipseed remarked on the announcement that “we had three excellent candidates and we got an excellent Executive Director that we’re looking forward to working with and we’re looking forward to seeing this JWSC really move forward and prosper under his leadership.”

Mr. Burroughs enjoys spending time with his wife and their 2-year-old daughter, cooking, outdoor activities, and Alabama football. An ordained deacon at Golden Isles Presbyterian Church, he and his family also enjoy serving to grow God’s kingdom and glorify Him in all they do.

Sanitary Sewer Overflow on Whitlock Street in Brunswick – November 7, 2019

The Brunswick Glynn Joint Water & Sewer Commission, operating under NPDES Permit GA0025313 in accordance with DNR Regulation 391-3-6-05 Emergency Actions, hereby make public notification of a wastewater spill that was reported on 11/7/19 at the corner of Whitlock St. and Old Jesup Rd.

Date of Spill: 11/7/19

Time Reported: 8:00 am

Location of Spill:
Storm Ditch
Whitlock & Old Jesup
Brunswick, GA. 31523

Cause of Spill:  Bypass pump malfunction. A clamp connection failed in the storm drain.

Estimated Volume of Discharge: 8,000 Gal.

State Waters Discharged: Brunswick River Basin

Corrective Action Taken: The contractor shut down the bypass and repaired the clamp connection.

Regulatory Compliance: Signs were placed along the immediately affected areas to indicate the presence of a sanitary sewer overflow (SSO). The Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources was notified, along with local authorities and the Glynn County Health Department District Environmental Health Manager.

Immediate Results and Investigation: The contractor has 4 Vac-Trucks on site for clean-up and spreading lime on the effective area. The BGJWSC Lab will be taking samples at the spill site in accordance to the EPD regulations.

Contact for Any Additional Information:

Kirk Young, Superintendent
Systems Pumping and Maintenance Division
Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission
Phone Number 912-261-7152
Email kyoung@bgjwsc.org

New Employment Opportunity – Wastewater Treatment Technician

The Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water & Sewer Commission is pleased to announce the following employment opportunity:

Job Title: Wastewater Treatment Technician
Open Date: November 7, 2019
Close Date: Open until filled
Position Information: Full-time, permanent position
Starting Pay Range: $15.46hr – $17.39hr

Click the link below to view the job description for this vacancy.

Wastewater Treatment Technician

Please visit our Human Resources page for instructions on how to apply.