Public Notice

Public Notice

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 FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Application Deadline Approaching


Homeowners living in unincorporated Brunswick County or the Town of Leland wishing to apply for FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program must submit completed applications by 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4.

Brunswick County and the Town of Leland have been working together on FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant submission. This is the process whereby homeowners in the unincorporated areas of Brunswick County or the Town of Leland can apply for assistance with property acquisition, elevation or mitigation reconstruction of their flooded property. At this time, property owners should have completed the North Carolina Emergency Management Grant Application in order to begin the process.

For more information about the acquisition process, view the Hazard Mitigation Project Grant Application or the Fact Sheet: Acquisition of Property after a Flood Event.

Fully completed applications, with all required attachments, are due no later than 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. 

Applications may be emailed to John Shirk (, or dropped off at the Brunswick County Code Administration Office, 75 Government Center Drive (Building I) in Bolivia, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Prior to completing the application, homeowners should note the additional clarifications below of certain sections of the North Carolina Emergency Management Project Grant application.

Section 1

Attach the following documents:

  • Tax Card
  • To obtain a tax card, please follow these steps:
    • Click this link to Brunswick County’s tax site:
    • Choose Property Owner Name and click Next
    • Enter the property owner name (last name first) and click submit
    • Click the “PRC” link that states Tax Year 2018
    • Print the appraisal card to attach to the application.
  • If you have an elevation certificate, please provide a copy.
  • If you have flood insurance, please provide proof of flood insurance.
  • Photographs of your home, one from each side of the house (Front, rear, right, and left).

Question 8(a): You should only check yes to this question if you received a letter from the Town of Leland or Brunswick County stating you had substantial damage. If you do not answer this question appropriately, you will need to revise your application and it could delay the processing of the application.

Section 2

Question 11: Please provide photos (front, back, right, and left) of any additional structures listed here.

Section 3

Damage History: This should include details of damage occurring during Hurricane Florence or any other disaster or storm event. You may include the details on the application, or include a separate page to attach to the application.

Failure to furnish all requested information on the application will result in a delay or removal of your property from consideration for hazard mitigation funding.

Applicants will be notified if additional information, beyond what has been requested in the application, is needed.