OKATIE, SC (WTOC) - Residents on Coosaw Island, Judge Island and areas along Sams Point Road from Lucy Creek Road to Coosaw Island are being asked to boil their water before using for drinking, cooking or dishwashing, according to officials of Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority and South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. The advisory area includes Token Lane, Honeysuckle Road, Tuxedo Drive, Lucy Creek Farm Road, Lucy Creek Drive and Coosaw Point.
The advisory is being issued due to an accident that occurred at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, when a cement truck overturned onto a fire hydrant. The main water line serving the area had to be shut down to repair the damage. BJWSA crews worked to restore service.
Residents and businesses in the affected area are urged to use boiled or bottled water for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, preparing food, and giving to pets until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms that may be present in the water. Some water filters do not protect against bacteria, so customers with filters are advised to contact the manufacturer for more information or boil their tap water. The water is safe for bathing and doing laundry.
Residents may purify the water by using one of several methods:
If water does not appear to be clear, strain through a clean cloth into a container to remove any sediment or floating matter. If water is clear, omit this step.
Disinfection by heat:
1. Boil the water vigorously for at least one minute.
2. After allowing the water to cool, it is ready to use. If desired, a pinch of salt added to each quart of water or pouring it back and forth from one clean container to another several times will improve the taste.
Use common liquid chlorine laundry bleach. Read the label to find the percentage of available chlorine and then follow the table below:
1. Mix thoroughly by stirring or shaking water in container.
2. Let stand for 30 minutes.
3. A slight chlorine odor should be detectable in the water. If not, repeat the dosage and let stand an additional 15 minutes before using.
4. Water is now safe for use.
For further information, call BJWSA at 843.987.9200 or go to www.bjwsa.org.