Brunswick County Public Utilities Department
so Brunswick County Public Utilities urges its customers to
use water wisely year round.
ANNUAL CHANGE FROM CHLORAMINES TO CHLORINE
Every summer, Brunswick County and the towns, cities, and other utilities that purchase water from Brunswick County implement an annual flushing program. Public Utilities employees will flush the water mains by opening fire hydrants and allowing them to flow freely for a short period of time. The flushing cleans out sediment and allows routine maintenance of the more than 5,000 fire hydrants in the Brunswick County service area. Flushing may result in some discoloration and the presence of sediment in your water. These conditions are not harmful and should be of short duration.
During this period of time, a slight change is made in the water treatment process to facilitate an effective flushing program. Throughout the year, chloramines, or combined chlorine, are added to the water as the primary disinfectant. During the summer flushing program, chlorine is added in an uncombined state, commonly referred to as free chlorine. Free chlorine is somewhat more volatile than combined chlorine, providing exceptional availability to react with sediments suspended during flushing. Brunswick County will use free chlorine as the primary disinfectant from June 22, 2014, through mid August 2014. Depending on your location within the distribution system and usage patterns, it could take up to a week for your drinking water to transition from combined chlorine to free chlorine at the beginning of the flushing program. The annual change from chloramines to chlorine for this brief period is required by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
You may notice a chlorine taste and odor in your drinking water while free chlorine is utilized. If you are especially sensitive to the taste and odor of chlorine, try keeping an open container of drinking water in your refrigerator. This will enable the chlorine to dissipate thus reducing the chlorine taste. Remember – drinking water has a shelf life! Change out the water in your refrigerated container weekly.
Please note, if you have an aquarium or pond always test the water you add to your aquatic environment to be sure it is free of any chlorine before adding fish or other animals. Chemical additives with directions for removing either free chlorine or chloramines from water for use in fish tanks or ponds are available at pet/fish supply stores.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this process please contact the County’s Public Utilities Department at (910) 253-2657 or (910) 371-3490 or (910) 454-0512 or your local water provider.
Projected Weekly Flushing Area Maps: The areas highlighted in red on the maps will be the general locations for flushing during the week indicated. Teams will be flushing between the hours of 8 a.m. and 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday:
June 23-29: Northwestern Section of County
June 30-July 6: Bolivia and Boiling Spring Lakes Areas
July 7-13: Supply and Sunset Harbor Areas
July 7-13: Southport and Boiling Spring Lakes Areas
July 14-20: St. James and Long Beach Road Areas
July 14-20: Mt. Pisgah and Gray Bridge Road Areas
July 21-27: Stone Chimney Road and Sabbath Home Road Areas
July 21-27: Old Georgetown Road Area
July 28-August 3: Windy Point Area
July 28-August 3: Ocean Isle Beach Mainland Area
July 28-August 3: Ash Area
August 4-10: Sunset Beach Mainland and Island Areas
August 4-17: Calabash and Carolina Shores Areas
August 18-31: Ocean Ridge and Village Point Road Areas
Water & Wastewater Continuing Education Brochure
Call Before You Dig!
The North Carolina Underground Damage Prevention Act (North Carolina General Statute Chapter 87 Article 8) requires anyone commencing excavations in highways, public spaces, or in private easements of utility owners to notify each utility owner at least two business days before starting the work. Brunswick County is a member of North Carolina 811, Inc. (NC811), a non-profit corporation formed for the purpose of receiving notification from excavators.
To request underground utilities to be located:
CALL 811 BEFORE YOU DIG!
Visit www.NC811.org to enter locate requests over the Internet
ST. JAMES RESIDENTIAL EFFLUENT REUSE
St. James Effluent Fact Sheet
St. James Residential Effluent Reuse Resident Meeting August 28, 2013
St. James Residential Effluent Reuse Resident Meeting November 19, 2013
Summary of Questions from St. James Public Education Meetings for Brunswick County’s Effluent Reuse Study-August 28 & November 19, 2013
St. James Effluent Reuse Survey 1
Cust. Service / Billing
Brunswick County Government Center
75 Courthouse Drive NE
Bolivia, NC 28422
MAP - County Complex
Customer Service/Billing Mailing Address
P. O. Box 469
Bolivia, NC 28422
Toll Free: 1.888.428.4426
Utilities Operations Center
250 Grey Water Road NE
Supply, NC 28462
MAP - Utilities Operations Center
Administration Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 249
Bolivia, NC 28422