Officials of Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority (BJWSA) and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) are cautioning some residents in Hardeeville to boil water that will be used for drinking, cooking or dishwashing. The advisory was issued because of a water main failure. According to a news release sent by Communications Manager Pamela Flasch, the advisory area includes a 1.25-mile radius from the intersection of Whyte Hardee Boulevard, Main Street and Church Street.
Residents and businesses in the affected area are urged to boil water or use bottled water for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, cooking and feeding pets until further notice. Boiling helps kill bacteria and other organisms that may be present in the water. Water filters help, but some don’t protect against bacteria, so if you do have a filter you should contact the manufacturer for more information or boil tap water. The water is safe, however, for bathing and doing laundry.
You can purify your water using multiple methods.
Here are instructions for disinfection:
A. If water doesn’t appear clear, strain through a clean cloth into a container to remove any sediment or floating matter. If water is clear you can bypass this step.
B. Disinfect by heat by having it boiling for at least one minute, then allowing the water to cool. You can also add a pinch of salt to each quart of water or pouring it back and forth from one clean container to another several times will improve the taste.
C. Chemical disinfection: use common liquid chlorine laundry bleach, but read the label to find the percentage of available chlorine then follow the table below:
|Drops to be added per quart of water for|
|Drops to be added per|
Quart of water for
|4 to 6 %||2||4|
|7 to 10%||1||2|
- Mix thoroughly by stirring or shaking water in a container.
- Let stand for 30 minutes.
- A slight chlorine odor should be detectable in the water. If not, repeat the dosage and let stand an additional 15 minutes before using.
- Water is now safe for use.
SC DHEC mandates that a boil water advisory is sent by water utilities in the event that possible bacteria could enter the public water system. Bacteria can enter water systems by a loss of water pressure, which allows bacteria in soil and groundwater to enter water pipes through cracks or leaks. A drop in pressure could also cause backflow, but backflow prevention valves make this unlikely according to the release.
Drinking water in the area is currently being sampled by BJWSA to ensure that there are no harmful bacteria present. The results should arrive around afternoon time on Friday, February 12. If the water is safe, the advisory will be lifted and residents in the area will be notified. For the latest information, you can visit their website.
For further information, you can contact BJWSA at 843-987-9200