BJWSA initiates irrigation project for summer 2020

Many thanks to those who are joining us  in our irrigation program to alleviate usage during peak hours and ensure public health and safety. The tourist and growing season puts higher demands on water supply during peak hours, which often result in reduced water pressure in the distribution system and low levels in water storage tanks, both of which adversely affect the performances of fire hydrants and other fire suppression facilities.

In case you didn’t see our outreach for voluntary participation, customers with even-numbered addresses are asked to irrigate on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from midnight to 2 am or from 9 am to noon. Those with odd-numbered addresses are asked to irrigate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Mondays are reserved as “no irrigation days” to accommodate for the very high water demands that are typically experienced specifically on Mondays.

The guidelines were developed in cooperation with Clemson Extension Service in order to ensure that lawns are being watered at appropriate times for health and growth.

We encourage you to use these new irrigation times, which allows our water storage tanks to fill and also smooths out peak daily water usage demands that put significant strains on the water system for everyone. Learn more on wise water use and how you can help.

This program will help us to ensure that we uphold our mission to inspire trust and enhance public health.

 

BJWSA Solar Arrays

BJWSA cut a ceremonial ribbon to mark the construction of solar arrays at two facilities. The arrays, part of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G), are housed at the Port Royal Island and St. Helena Island water reclamation facilities. The program is already producing electricity and will pay for itself in less than 10 years. Guests at the event signed two solar panels that will hang in our facilities to commemorate the event. The sustainability of our beautiful Lowcountry environment is at the heart of every undertaking at BJWSA.

St Helena solar site monitor dashboard

Port Royal solar site monitor dashboard