BJWSA asks customers to avoid irrigation between 3 to 9 am, stagger usage
Our irrigation program seeks to alleviate usage during peak hours and ensure public safety. This move comes as the tourist and growing season puts higher demands on water supply during peak hours. High demands can 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.
Customers with even-numbered addresses are asked to irrigate Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Those with odd-numbered addresses are asked to irrigate 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. Sign up to participate below (bottom of page).
We worked with Clemson University Extension Service to develop a plan to strike a balance between the irrigating needs of our local landscapes and the operational needs of our water system. As a result, we encourage these new irrigation usage 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.
We also developed a Guide to Water-Smart Ornamental Plants to help customers identify which plants work well in our region. These plants can not only tolerate drought once established, they’re well suited to thrive in our soils, moisture and weather.
Click on the graphic above to find out how to help with our Summer Irrigation Program. Help us ensure that we uphold our mission to provide quality water and wastewater services to our current and future customers in the Lowcountry.
Eye on Water
This multi-year project replaces older meter reading technology with Beacon Meter Cellular Technology. New units allow customers and BJWSA staff to access water usage, helping customers find leaks and better manage water usage. Meter readings are updated once daily.
If you have a Beacon meter, you can register online here to monitor your usage from anywhere you have wifi access.
Wise Water Use
Did you know that even though about 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water, about 1 percent is available for human use? Each American uses an average of 80 gallons of water a day at home – enough to fill almost 1,300 drinking glasses!
By being a wise water user, you can reduce this amount significantly. One important thing you can do is to find any leaks – homes can waste more than 10% of water usage due to leaks.
BJWSA has always maintained a very fair leak adjustment policy. When we see high consumption on a customer’s account, we send a letter advising the customer to investigate. We follow up with meter calibrations and other means of determining leaks on our end. Once a leak is identified and repaired, customers may call the Customer Service Department at 843-987-9200 to report the leak and inquire about a possible billing adjustment. The Authority cannot make repairs beyond the meter box.
Check for water in the gutters or mud puddles. Inspect your sprinklers and drip sprayers regularly for leaks. If you have an older irrigation system, over 50% and even more than 75% of the water can be lost to leaks.
Look for watermarks on floors, walls or ceilings, which can indicate that an indoor pipe is leaking. Outside, standing water on the ground or pavement when there has been no rain can be due to a broken underground pipe. If you suspect a leak, do not wait; call a plumber.
Leaking toilets cause more water waste than any other fixture in the home – up to several hundred gallons per day. Leaky toilets often can be fixed by adjusting the float arm or plunger ball.
A continuously dripping bathtub or sink faucet can waste 20 gallons or more per day. Repairing a faucet is usually as simple as changing an inexpensive washer or valve seal. If you see a dripping faucet, fix it as soon as possible – all those drips add up quickly!