Live Public Board Meeting to be held 8 am Thursday, 7/23
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BJWSA is hiring SCADA Administrator
BJWSA is hiring for the position of SCADA Administrator. Apply online at https://www.bjwsa.org/jobs/.
BJWSA is hiring Water Operator III or IV
BJWSA is hiring for the position of Water Operator III or IV. Apply online at https://www.bjwsa.org/jobs/.
BJWSA is hiring Cycle Billing Coordinator
BJWSA is hiring for the position of Cycle Billing Coordinator. Apply online at https://www.bjwsa.org/jobs/.
BJWSA releases annual Water Quality Report
Learn how BJWSA fulfills our mission to “inspire trust and enhance public health”! Our Annual Water Quality/Consumer Confidence Report is now available here: https://bjwsa.org/water-quality-report/
Hurricane season is here and the BJWSA team is ready!
Hurricane season is here! Be sure to check out the SCEMD 2020 Hurricane Guide.
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BJWSA urges businesses to flush their water systems before reopening
May 27, 2020: Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority (BJWSA) urges all business owners and property managers to “freshen” the water supplies to their buildings as they reopen after COVID-19 closures.
BJWSA’s Director of Innovation & Technology Tricia Kilgore, P.E. advises businesses and organizations to follow guidelines from some of the top agencies in the country, “Water quality is dynamic and deteriorates over time. Flushing your building’s plumbing will purge the stagnant water and pull in safer, high quality water from the water main.” She also advises schools and school districts take note, once they are cleared for reopening.
The American Water Works Association advises that with little or no water running through building water pipes and fixtures for several months, Legionella is more likely to proliferate. Stagnant water conditions can result in discolored water, lower chlorine levels and higher concentrations of lead and copper.
The Centers for Disease Control offers this checklist for reopening buildings:
• Develop a comprehensive water management program for your water system and all devices that use water. Guidance to help with this process is available from CDC and others.
• Ensure your water heater is properly maintained and the temperature is correctly set.
• Flush your water system.
• Clean all decorative water features, such as fountains.
• Ensure hot tubs/spas are safe for use.
• Ensure cooling towers are clean and well-maintained.
• Ensure safety equipment including fire sprinkler systems, eye wash stations, and safety showers are clean and well-maintained.
• Maintain your water system.
For more information, see BJWSA’s webpage with links to other agency guidance at https://bjwsa.org/urgent-news/.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING BEAUFORT-JASPER WATER AND SEWER AUTHORITY FISCAL YEAR 2020-2021 OPERATING BUDGET
Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held before the Members of the Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, the 16th day of June 2020. The hearing will be held at the office of Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority, which is located at 6 Snake Road, Okatie, SC. The purpose of the public hearing will be to allow members of the public to express their views regarding the proposed operating budget for Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority for Fiscal Year 2020-2021. All persons who attend the public hearing will be given an opportunity to speak. Copies of the proposed budget are available at the Authority office. A copy may also be obtained from the Authority’s website at www.bjwsa.org. As required by Section 6-1-80, Code of Laws South Carolina, 1976, as amended, the public is advised of the following:
1. The budget of Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority for the current Fiscal Year calls for revenues of $72,522,000 and expenses of $67,522,000.
2. The proposed budget of Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 calls for total projected revenues of $73,670,000, operating expenses of $65,003,000 and non-operating expenses of $5,050,000. These amounts include non-operating revenue, capacity fees, contributed capital, depreciation and interest expense. Annual Capital Improvement Program Spending, which is included in the Capital Budget, is not included.
3. The proposed revenues for the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 operating budget of Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority are comparable to revenues from the operating budget for the current Fiscal Year.
4. Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority has proposed changes to its schedule of ancillary fees and charges effective July 1, 2020. Residential customer sewer rates are proposed to increase effective January 1, 2021. The monthly base facility charge for residential sewer customers is projected to increase $1.00. A complete schedule of the proposed new rates is included in the budget.
5. Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority does not levy ad valorem property taxes. The Authority relies on user charges to meet its operational needs.