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No active sewer overflows on Hilton Head; some boil orders, water restrictions remain

Sewage overflow in Hilton Head Plantation

Hilton Head Plantation resident Richard Feldman describes the sewage overflow in his front yard.
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Hilton Head Plantation resident Richard Feldman describes the sewage overflow in his front yard.

There are currently no active sewer overflows on Hilton Head Island, but overflows are possible at any point, officials said Friday. Many boil-water orders have been lifted, and most of the island is still being asked to conserve water usage.

Here’s a breakdown of the current status of water and sewer service on the island:

Water

Broad Creek Public Service District customers still remain under a boil-water order as they wait for test results that were expected Friday. All of Hilton Head and South Island’s public service districts no longer need to boil.

Parts of Hilton Head Plantation, Folly Field and Bradley Beach, along with other smaller pockets throughout the island, remained without water as of Friday.

The Hilton Head Public Service District was actively working to repair about a dozen breaks to main waterlines Friday, said Pete Nardi, the district’s general manager.

Kelley Ferda, South Island Public Service District general manager, said about 20 main waterline breaks were waiting for repairs as of Friday morning.

All main waterlines had been repaired in the Broad Creek Public Service District as of Friday, Mike Allen, district general manager, said.

All the district managers said that as removal of debris continues, waterlines could be pulled up.

“We had some reports of new damage from tree removal yesterday,” Ferda said. “Contractors come in and snatch everything up with a claw, from manholes to water meters.”

The Broad Creek Public Service District had no active water breaks on main lines as of Friday.

Yet, more than 1,000 water customers across the island had smaller waterline breaks on their individual properties. Each of the three service districts reported breaks at individual properties.

Sewer

There were no active sewer overflows known to any of the service providers on Hilton Head Island as of Friday morning. But officials warn overflows could still happen as cleanup continues, or if the systems become overwhelmed.

Customers in all three districts are allowed to flush, though many are being asked to conserve water so as to not overflow systems that aren’t functioning fully.

This means turning off irrigation systems and avoiding laundry as providers work to get the system fully functional, officials said.

About nine of 97 sewer pumps in the South Island district were still damaged or without power. Those pumps are working off generators or bypass pumps as of Friday, Ferda said.

“We don’t want to overwhelm the system,” Ferda said.

Two out of 130 pumps are still working off generators or bypass pumps, Nardi said about Hilton Head service district.

Allen said sewers are functioning fully in the Broad Creek district. He said there are no restrictions on usage there.

Teresa Moss: 843-706-8152, @TeresaIPBG

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