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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 Implementing Remote Video Inspections


Brunswick County Code Administration became the first county in North Carolina to offer Remote Video Inspections (RVIs) in late 2018.

Initially, the RVIs were offered for residential mechanical change-out inspections, such as replacing an HVAC heating and air conditioning unit. The service has since been expanded to include other simple types of inspections, such as gas or water piping outside the home. As the service is used more and officials continue to assess and evaluate the program, it has the potential to continue to expand, Code Administration Director Michael Slate said.

Using video conferencing/video messaging technology, a contractor on a job site is able to call an inspector in the Brunswick County Code Administration office and walk the inspector through the job site. The inspection starts at the front of the house so the inspector can verify the house and address numbers, and then the inspection proceeds like it would if the inspector were there in person. Periodic quality control checks will help ensure the program is running as expected and help county officials evaluate its expansion to other types of inspections.

The technology allows inspectors to provide a better and faster service to contractors and homeowners, Slate added, while using taxpayer funding more efficiently.

A contractor replacing an air conditioning unit, for example, could use the video conferencing technology to have the unit inspected as soon as the unit is installed, instead of having to wait for staff to come back out at a later date for an inspection. If the work does not pass the inspection, the contractor has the chance to correct the work then and call back for another video inspection – work that, without the RVI technology, would many times require two or three additional trips for the initial inspection, fixing items that didn’t pass an inspection, and a second inspection.

It also aids contractors working on pipes outside the home with weather concerns, added Plans Examiner Kevin Somersett, who does many of the remote video inspections. For example, a contractor repairing a pipe outside the home in the winter can call for an inspection once the repair is finished, and then fill in the dirt around the pipe, without leaving the pipe exposed to freezing temperatures or other weather until an in-person inspection can be performed.

Doing remote inspections from a central location also allows Brunswick County inspectors to spend less time driving to different areas of Brunswick County, meaning more inspections can be done in a day while fewer County resources are spent on gas and travel expenses.

“This is going to be a huge cost savings, not only for the County but also for the public and contractors,” Slate said. “We’re starting small, with just change-out inspections, and as we grow into this we hope to move toward other inspections that we can safely do from a remote standpoint.”

“I am pleased and proud that with Michael Slate’s and Code Administration’s creativity and forward thinking, and with the support of the Board of Commissioners, Brunswick County continues to find ways to better serve the public while being good stewards of taxpayer dollars,” added County Manager Ann Hardy.