Monday, August 18, 2014
Water supply back to normal; Islands lift outdoor watering restrictions
Charleston Water System has completed initial repairs to the 20-inch water main that crosses the Harbor to serve Sullivan's Island and the Isle of Palms.
As a result, the outdoor watering restriction issued last Thursday by both islands has been cancelled. The outdoor watering ban was a precautionary measure to ensure the Isle of Palms could temporarily supply water for both islands while Charleston Water System repaired the pipe. Both islands will begin turning on dedicated irrigation meters as soon as possible.
The leak was stopped on Sunday when divers installed a large clamp around the pipe. The line was put back in service late Monday after tests confirmed water quality meets all regulatory requirements.
Charleston Water System plans to install another specially-made clamp to provide additional reinforcement and protection for the underwater pipe. This work will not affect water service to the islands.