Okatie, South Carolina – May 17, 2017 – Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority (BJWSA) reports that wastewater was released from the CP61 wastewater lift station in the Pine Ridge subdivision in Bluffton, near the intersection of  Pine Ridge Drive and Buckwalter Parkway, and was contained in the storm water pond adjacent to the station.  The overflow occurred when a valve was not properly secured.

BJWSA crews responded to the overflow and immediately took appropriate cleanup/repair action to stop the overflow. Signs alerting the public of the overflow have been posted in the area and notices have been placed at the homes along the edge of the storm water pond.

BJWSA has notified the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), and is working in conjunction with SCDHEC to address any effects caused by the overflow.

BJWSA has a well-trained and experienced field operations crew to monitor our wastewater collection system. These crews maintain the sewer lines to ensure the safe daily delivery of an average of 9.0 million gallons of wastewater to eight area wastewater treatment facilities for treatment and disposal.

If you see or suspect any type of spill from the sewer collection system, please contact BJWSA at 987-9200.

For more information, please visit www.bjwsa.org or call 843-987-8053.