Water utility work might affect drinking water

Residents in southern Beaufort County might see discolored water from their taps and notice a slight chlorine taste or odor this month, according to the Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority.

The authority is conducting routine maintenance, which includes flushing lines and changing its water-treatment method temporarily, a BJWSA news release said. The work also will affect water districts on Hilton Head Island that buy water from the authority.

Hilton Head No. 1 Public Service District said the change will affect its customers starting Friday and will last about two weeks. Other affected areas include Bluffton, Okatie, Sun City Hilton Head and Hardeeville, according to a BJWSA news release.

Water service will not be interrupted by the work, the water authorities say.

Customers who are especially sensitive to the taste and odor of chlorine should keep an open container of drinking water in their refrigerator, the BJWSA release says. This will enable the chlorine to dissipate and reduce the chlorine taste. The water in the refrigerated container should be changed weekly.

If water appears discolored, customers should run cold water for a few minutes. If discoloration persists, call BJWSA customer service at 843-987-9200 or the Hilton Head No. 1 Public Service District at 843-681-5525.