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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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Brunswick County Distribution Site, Recovery Updates


Recovery from Hurricane Florence continues in Brunswick County as some distribution sites close and others prepare to open, the curfew for unincorporated areas ends and a burning ban remains in place, and County offices prepare to reopen as work to repair utility lines continues.

Distribution Sites

All four Brunswick County distribution sites will operate from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, distributing water and food. The sites include:

  • Spring Lake Park (210 Pine Road in Boiling Spring Lakes)
  • Northwest District Park (1937 Andrew Jackson HWY NE in Leland)
  • South Brunswick Middle School (100 Cougar Drive, Boiling Spring Lakes)
  • Town Creek Park (6420 Ocean Highway East in Winnabow)

After Sunday, Sept. 23, these distribution sites will close.

Beginning Monday, Sept. 24, citizens in the affected areas may continue to get water and MREs (Meals, Ready-to-Eat) at certain fire departments:

  • Boiling Spring Lakes Volunteer Fire Department (3059 George II Hwy in Boiling Spring Lakes)
  • Northwest Fire Department (5029 Northwest Road in Northwest)
  • Navassa Volunteer Fire Department (336 N. Main Street in Navassa)
  • Waccamaw Volunteer Fire Department (4045 Whiteville Road NW in Ash)
  • Winnabow Volunteer Fire Department (161 Governors Road SE in Winnabow)

Donations and Volunteers

Brunswick Family Assistance continues to coordinate donations and volunteer efforts in Brunswick County. Those wishing to donate or volunteer should contact Brunswick Family Assistance at 910-754-4766.

Curfew Ends; Burning Ban Still In Place

Unincorporated areas of Brunswick County will be under a curfew from midnight until dawn Monday, Sept. 24. The curfew will end Monday morning.

A burning ban remains in place for all unincorporated areas of Brunswick County in the wake of Hurricane Florence. All burning within 100 feet of a structure is banned, to allow Brunswick County to focus first responders and resources on hurricane recovery efforts. The ban will remain in place until further notice.

Unincorporated areas are areas not in a city or town.

Utilities Updates

Water service has been restored to all areas of the Brunswick County Public Utilities distribution system, including Boiling Spring Lakes and River Mist. A system pressure advisory remains in place for the areas of Southport, St. James, Boiling Spring Lakes, Caswell Beach, the Long Beach Road area and the George II Highway area until further written notice.

Customers who find they have no water service should first check to make sure their shut-off valves are on and that they have no damage to their plumbing. If after checking those things customers still have no water, they should contact Brunswick County Public Utilities

  • Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.: 910-253-2860 or 910-253-2657
  • After hours: 910-371-3490 or 910-45400512

Customers experiencing a grinder pump malfunction should call 910-253-2657.

County Offices Re-Open Monday, With Some Changes

Brunswick County government offices, including parks and libraries, will open on a regular schedule Monday, Sept. 24, with some offices temporarily relocating due to damage from Hurricane Florence.

Tax Administration will be relocating to 101 Stone Chimney Road in Supply. The License Plate Agency and Tax Collections will relocate to the Utility Billing office in Building I on the government complex. The License Plate Agency will not re-open Monday, Sept. 24; a reopening date will be announced as soon as it is available.

County Building Inspections, located in Building I on the county complex, will open a satellite office at the Leland Town Hall beginning Monday morning.