Sullivan's Island: Don't use water for outside purposes

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SULLIVAN'S ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) - Sullivan's Island water customers are being asked to stop all outdoor water usage after a main break under the Charleston Harbor disrupted service.

According to a release to customers, the island is now receiving water from the Isle of Palms Water and Sewer Commission while Charleston Water System repairs the main.

Because of the main break and the seasonal high demand for water, Sullivan's Island has shut off its irrigation meters to keep water demand down.

Officials at Charleston Water System said a 20-inch water main break was discovered Wednesday just off Fort Johnson.

Currently the Department of Health and Environmental Control is working with local utility companies while repairs are made.

CPW says the water is safe to drink and meets DHEC's requirements, though it may taste different.

"We have enough water to supply both islands, but to be on the safe side, we're asking residents to be mindful of how much water they're using until Charleston Water System completes its repairs," said Kristen Champagne, General Manager of the Isle of Palms Water and Sewer Commission.

"This is a temporary situation and our water supply should be back to normal as soon as Charleston Water System completes the repair," said Andy Benke, Sullivan's Island Town Administrator.

Officials did not know how long the repair would take to complete. They also do not know what caused the break.

"We want to thank both the Isle of Palms and Sullivan's Island for working with us to arrange an alternate supply while we get this pipeline repaired," said Kin Hill, Charleston Water System Chief Executive Officer. "The Isle of Palms has really come to the rescue in this situation and the cooperation among the three agencies has helped minimize the impact to all island residents."

It was installed in 1995, officials said.