Work is finishing on the North Street Transmission main project. Crews have been pressure testing and disinfecting the 20-inch diameter main, getting it ready to tie to the existing water mains in the BJWSA system. During the connection process, there may be some discoloration to the water in the downtown vicinity. If you notice this, please run water in your home for a couple of minutes to clear the lines.
It's expected that the final connections to the system will be made in late August and final cleanup, grassing and paving will be in September. Short-term closures of streets and the Spanish Moss Trail may occur to complete this work.
All work is being coordinated with the homeowners and businesses along the route, as well as Beaufort Elementary School and SCDOT. For more detailed information on this project or to see construction updates, please visit the website www.bjwsa.org.
The project to replace galvanized water mains remains a priority for BJWSA. This is a multi-year project aimed at improving water quality in older areas of the water system which have these types of mains. Work includes installing new PVC water mains, fire hydrants, water services, and meter boxes.
In the current phase of the work, new water mains have been installed on sections of Emmons, Laudonniere, LeChere, Calhoun, Capers, Center Drive West, Church, Harrington, South Hermitage, North, West and Whitefield. Construction is also ongoing nearby in the Port Royal vicinity.
The next phase of the galvanized pipe replacement program -- the remaining roads in the Pigeon Point neighborhoo -- is under design. The construction of these roads is expected to be in the fall.
The replacement of water service lines to customers is provided only to the meter. BJWSA will not be replacing any water services on private property between the meter and the house.
Once the lines are replaced, there should be notable water quality and water pressure improvements.