JWSC Issues Boil Water Advisory for Parts of SSI

Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water & Sewer Commission has posted a new item,'Boil Water Advisory for Portions of St. Simons Island -

 February 19, 2017'DRINKING WATER WARNINGBOIL YOUR WATER FOR THREE MINUTES BEFORE USING

The St. Simons Island water system lost pressure in the east area of Kings Way,from Ashantilly and Park Ave, due to distribution system damages. This loss ofpressure in the distribution system may cause back-pressure, back-siphonage, ora net movement of water from outside the pipe to the inside through cracks,breaks, or joints in the distribution system that are common in all watersystems.  

Such a system failure carries with it a high potential that fecalcontamination or other disease-causing organisms could enter the waterdistribution system.  These conditions may pose an imminent and substantialhealth endangerment to persons served by the water system.What should I do? 

DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a rollingboil for at least (3) three minutes, and let it cool before using, or usebottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice,brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice.Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.

 ALL STORED WATER, DRINKOR ICE MADE RECENTLY FROM THIS SUPPLY SHALL BE DISCARDED.Bathing, showering and toilet flushing may be performed using water from thetap without boiling it first.Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms. Theseorganisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites which can cause symptoms suchas diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose aspecial health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly and peoplewith severely compromised immune systems.The symptoms above are not caused only by organisms in drinking water. If youexperience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medicaladvice. People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water fromtheir health care providers.What happened? What is being done? At this time, our water lab personnel have taken water samples that will befully evaluated over the twenty four hour period following the repair of themain. 

Once we have determined that there is no longer a threat of harmfulbacteria in the water, we will inform you that you are no longer required to boil your water by posting an update here on our website:http://www.bgjwsc.org.This notice is being sent to you by the Water Production Division of theBGJWSC.Water System ID#: 1270001Date distributed: 2/19/17 7:12 PMYou may view the latest post athttp://www.bgjwsc.org/boil-water-advisory-for-portions-of-st-simons-island-february-19-2017/


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