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UPDATE – Stage 1 – Water Conservation Alert – UPDATE

UPDATE – Stage 1 – Water Conservation Alert – UPDATE

Bolivia, NC – A Stage 1 Water Conservation Alert remains in effect. Based on the ongoing hot weather that tends to elevate water demand, this Water Conservation Alert will remain in effect through the month of July and into August when it will be re-evaluated.

Please continue to use water wisely; your water conservation is having a positive impact.

Residents who have questions should contact their water service provider directly or Brunswick County Public Utilities at 910-253-2657. Additional information can be found at <>.

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Bolivia, NC – A Stage 1 Water Conservation Alert remains in effect.

All customers of a public water system anywhere in Brunswick County are affected by Water Conservation Alerts. Brunswick County Public Utilities provides water service in unincorporated portions of Brunswick County as well as the following communities: Boiling Spring Lakes, Bolivia, Calabash, Carolina Shores, Caswell Beach, Sandy Creek, St. James, Sunset Beach, and Varnamtown. Customers of other utilities such as Bald Head Island, Brunswick Regional – H2GO (Belville), Holden Beach, Leland, Navassa, Northwest, Oak Island, Ocean Isle Beach, Shallotte, and Southport are under the same restrictions since these utilities receive their water from Brunswick County Public Utilities.

Under a Stage 1 Water Alert, water system customers are requested to make voluntary adjustments to their water usage habits to appreciably reduce peak demands. (A peak demand of 80% of system production and distribution capacity being targeted). Irrigation demands represent the bulk of non-essential water use, so a primary way that customers may reduce water usage is to limit irrigation. A unified application of voluntary water reductions by all water system users in Brunswick County may help to avoid mandatory water restrictions in the event drought conditions do not lessen.

Specific ways to reduce water usage are as follows:

  1. Use the following recommended irrigation schedule to even out system demands:
  2. Odd address numbers – Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday
    b. Even address numbers – Wednesday/Friday/Sunday
    c. No irrigation on Mondays
  3. Defer all non-essential water use to outside the peak demand hours of 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m; preferably after nightfall.
    3. Don’t overwater your yard. One inch of water per week in the summer will keep most types of grass healthy. To determine how long you need to run your sprinkler to provide 1” of water, place straight edged cans at different distances from your sprinkler and time how long it takes to fill an average of 1” of water in each can. Water occasionally, but deeply to encourage deeper rooting that makes grass more drought/heat tolerant.
    4. Install rain shut-off devices on automatic sprinkler systems.
    5. Don’t water pavement and impervious surfaces.
    6. Limit lawn watering to that necessary for plant survival. Water lawns outside of the peak demand hours of 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m; preferably after nightfall.
    7. Water shrubbery the minimum required. Water shrubbery outside of the peak demand hours of 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Use drip irrigation systems in shrubbery beds and around trees to prevent water loss through evaporation.
    8. Use abundant mulch around trees and shrubs to retain moisture.
    9. Plant drought-tolerant grasses, trees, and plants.
    10. Adjust mower height to a higher setting to retain moisture.
    11. Limit the use of clothes washers and dishwashers and when used, operate fully loaded. Operate dishwashers outside of the peak demand hours of 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m; preferably after nightfall.
    12. Limit vehicle washing to a minimum. Use commercial car washes that recycle water.
    13. Use shower for bathing rather than bathtub and limit shower to no more than five (5) minutes.
    14. Inspect and repair all faulty and defective parts of faucets and toilets. Pay attention to dripping sounds.
    15. Do not leave faucets running while shaving, brushing teeth, rinsing or preparing food.
    16. Do not wash down outside areas such as sidewalks, driveways, patios, etc.
    17. Install water-saving showerheads and other water conservation devices.
    18. Install water-saving devices in toilets such as early closing flappers.
    19. Limit hours of water-cooled air conditioners.
    20. Keep drinking water in a container in the refrigerator instead of running water from a faucet until it is cool.
    21. Do not fill new (or empty) swimming or wading pools. Top off existing swimming pools from dusk until dawn.
    22. Cover pool and spas when not in use to prevent evaporation.
    23. Use disposable and biodegradable dishes where possible.

Please note that this Stage 1 Water Conservation Alert does not affect the use of private groundwater wells or those using highly treated reclaimed wastewater. (St. James, Winding River, Sea Trail, and Sandpiper Bay golf courses use reclaimed water. Other golf courses use wells and ponds for irrigation.) Also, this is not a water quality advisory; this is a water conservation advisory. There is no need to boil water for potable use unless you receive a Low Pressure Advisory notice for your specific area due to other conditions in the water distribution system.

Residents will be notified if any other conservation measures are needed and when conditions dictate that restrictions are no longer required. Residents who have questions should contact their water service provider directly or Brunswick County Public Utilities at 910-253-2657. Additional information can be found at <>

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Long and Short Term Goals and Major Focus Areas

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Long and Short Term Goals and Major Focus Areas

Goal: Economic Development

  1. Collaborate with the Brunswick Community College Workforce Development Initiatives, Economic Development Commission, the four Chambers of Commerce and the Tourism Development Authority to develop a friendly and positive business environment, employ an effective business expansion and retention effort, develop a targeted business/industry recruitment strategy and grow the tourism and hospitality industry while protecting our residential neighborhoods.

Goal: Education

  1. Continue the multi-year local funding agreement with the Brunswick County Board of Education to provide for a quality education that prepares our children for college or the workforce.
  2. Support and enhance the Brunswick Guarantee Program with BCC Foundation that provides scholarships for county high school graduates to attend BCC.
  3. Support the expansion of Allied Health Career Programs at BCC.
  4. Facilitate the facility improvements associated with the voter approved 2016 $152 million school bond referendum.

Goal: Financial Stewardship

  1. Adopt a County Budget to maintain one of the lowest tax rates among counties in North Carolina with a population over 100,000.
  2. Employ a conservative budgetary philosophy and make strategic decisions on all fiscal matters in order to maintain the positive financial position and credit strength of the county; continue a zero-based budgeting strategy wherever appropriate and feasible.
  3. Staff seek out ways to reduce overhead and administrative costs.

Goal: Environmental Stewardship

  1. Encourage and incentivize green development and construction to minimize the impact on natural resources while respecting and protecting private property rights

Goal: Transportation

  1. Continue the supplemental financial support for the Brunswick Connector transit service provided by the Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority.
  2. Support BTS in continued development of rural transportation services, providing access to services and employment for rural residents.
  3. Support the efforts of the NCACC to oppose any transfer of responsibility for transportation funding from the state to counties.
  4. Request that NCDOT initiate a comprehensive transportation plan specifically for Brunswick County that includes municipal and other county partners.

Goal: Organizational Improvement/Development

  1. Embed a focus on exceptional customer service where it becomes part of the organizational culture.
  2. Provide all services in a way that recognizes and values diversity.
  3. Recognize that businesses are customers of the county and review the Unified Development Ordinance to develop small business assistance by providing local rules that are clear, simple, easy to understand, that are predictable, reasonable and appropriate for Brunswick County.
  4. Revise and implement policies, processes, procedures, and programs focused on ensuring a high performing workforce.
  5. Encourage participation in the Employee Wellness Program to improve upon individual health of employees, improve productivity and reduce medical costs.
  6. Provide supervisory skill building and leadership training opportunities for all supervisory personnel and those with supervisory potential.
  7. Expand Training and Skill Development to provide growth opportunities for non-supervisory staff.
  8. Develop succession planning for key county positions.
  9. Explore opportunities where the private sector or non-profit entities may more economically and efficiently serve the public than government.

Goal: Infrastructure Development/Expansion

  1. Develop strategies for continued growth in the number of water and sewer customers by determining methods to increase the number of SAD projects, prioritizing County funded water and sewer mains and acquiring or merging existing private and/or public water and sewer systems.
  2. Enter into an agreement with participants of the Lower Cape Fear Water and Sewer Authority to obtain the raw water capacity to position the county for design and expansion of the Northwest Water Treatment Plant.
  3. Improve communication between the county and its wholesale water customers and utilities that contribute flow to the regional wastewater treatment plants.
  4. Explore methods to work with surrounding utilities to reduce operational costs.
  5. Facilitate an agreement for Southport to become a participant in the West Brunswick Regional Wastewater System and expand the system to meet the City’s capacity needs.

Goal: Public/Mental Health

  1. Provide education to the public about preventable health issues and disease and improve Brunswick County’s health ranking in the state.
  2. Support the Trillium LME/MCO to operate a program for mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse services as they transition to one of the four state entities.
  3. Continue to advocate for sufficient state/federal funding to adequately address MH/DD/SAS needs of our residents.

Goal: Community Development

  1. Investigate additional policy amendments and enhancements to provide tangible incentives to encourage the development of affordable single and multi-family housing opportunities.
  2. Enhance community appearance and protect property values through responsible zoning and code enforcement while recognizing the diversity of our county and respecting private property rights.

Goal: Technology

  1. Implement the results of the comprehensive in-house evaluation and assessment of the County’s technological resources and operations and identify opportunities for departments to improve efficiency and service delivery through the implementation of proven technology applications.

Goal: Public Safety

  1. Continue to ensure the safety and security of Brunswick County residents, property owners and visitors, while planning for Brunswick County’s growth.
  2. Establish a County Fire Commission to review the provision of fire and rescue services and explore best practices to plan for growth in the county.
  3. Support the Brunswick County Sheriff with resources to better enable law enforcement efforts while ensuring officer safety.





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