Beaufort News

Sea island residents asked to cut water use

The Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority asks customers on the sea islands of northern Beaufort County to temporarily reduce water consumption because of higher-than-normal demand caused by high temperatures, crop irrigation and an influx of visitors to the resort areas.

The affected area for voluntary conservation includes St. Helena Island, Lady's Island, Fripp Island, Dataw Island, Cat Island, Harbor Island and surrounding areas, according to a news release. Southern Beaufort County and other areas in northern Beaufort County are not affected.

"BJWSA anticipates demands to remain high for the next several weeks or until we receive significant rainfall in the region," the release said.

Conservation efforts include limiting irrigation, taking shorter showers, only washing dishes and clothes when loads are full and reducing general water usage. The most important times to conserve are from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., the release said.

Information: Call Matthew Brady, BJWSA communications manager, at 843-987-9213 or go to