Never pour grease down sink drains. Fats, oils and grease can clog sewer pipes and cause nasty sewage back-ups and overflows.

Once water disappears down the drain, it is gone forever. Or so we like to think. Actually, that journey down your drain is the first step in collecting used water and sending it to our wastewater treatment facilities. In a typical month, the average family generates nearly 9,000 gallons of wastewater. You can imagine the flood of wastewater that continually flows through our system.

As wastewater leaves your bathroom, kitchen, laundry room or business, it enters an elaborate, underground network of sewer pipelines crisscrossing Beaufort and Jasper counties. With the force of gravity, the wastewater flows to pump stations where it is pumped through large pipelines called force mains to our treatment facilities. These pump stations prevent wastewater from backing up into your drains and creating a messy clean-up task.

Many of our pump stations are equipped with flashing lights or an audible alarm. If you see a flashing light or hear an alarm at a pump station, please contact us at 843-987-9200. One of our field employees will be dispatched to turn off the alarm and repair the problem.

EPA Amalgam Separator Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Amalgam Separator Rule requires most general dentists to install an amalgam separator to prevent mercury contained in dental amalgam from entering the air, water and land. The rule took effect July 14, 2017; however, compliance for the majority of dentists is July 14, 2020. New dental offices established after July 14, 2017 and using dental amalgam must comply with the rule immediately. Exemptions apply for some dental specialties and emergency removals of amalgam. Please complete a dental certification form and return it to Treatment Operations at BJWSA. If you have questions, please call 843-987-9200.