BJWSA Water system work set to start Feb. 11

BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) – Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority customers in some areas might notice a chlorine taste or odor in the tap water from Feb. 11 to Feb 28.

BJWSA will temporarily change the method of disinfecting the drinking water for its customers south of the Broad River this month, according to the agency. The process is safe and customers can drink their water as normal, according to BJWSA.

The change is part of routine maintenance of the water distribution system and includes Okatie, Sun City, Hardeeville and Bluffton. The change in treatment will also affect area utilities that receive water from BJWSA, including those on Hilton Head Island, according to BJWSA.

Crews will be flushing the system by opening fire hydrants at various locations.

Customers who are especially sensitive to the taste and odor of chlorine should keep an open container of drinking water in their refrigerator. This will enable the chlorine to dissipate, thus reducing the chlorine taste. Change the water in your refrigerated container weekly.

System flushing also may result in some minor discoloration of the water. If water appears discolored, customers should run cold water for a few minutes.

If discoloration continues, call customer service at 843.987.9200.

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