Officials with the Charleston Water and Sewer Commission say the break was discovered Wednesday night in a 20-inch main that crosses the harbor from James Island. The main line provides drinking water for Sullivan’s Island and supplements water supplies on the Isle of Palms, two islands immediately northeast of Charleston
“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,” General Manager of the Isle of Palms Water and Sewer Commission Kristen Champagne said in a statement Thursday.
Residents, especially on Sullivan’s Island, are being asked to restrict any outdoor watering until repairs are made. Commission officials said they do not know at this time how long the pipe repair will take.
The commission is using a reverse osmosis plant and a standby well to keep residents of supplied with water.
“This is a temporary situation and our water supply should be back to normal as soon as Charleston Water System completes the repair,” Sullivan’s Island Town Administrator Andy Benke said in a statement.