Public Notice

Public Notice

07.01.2019
UPDATE – Stage 1 – Water Conservation Alert – UPDATE

Bolivia, NC – A Stage 1 Water Conservation Alert remains in effect. Drought conditions are expected to continue for the foreseeable weather forecast and water demands are increasing as we approach the 4th of July holiday. Demand for water over this past weekend (June 29th-30th) exceeded 90% of the available production and distribution capacity. However, your conservation has had an impact on overall usage.

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:

a. Odd address numbers – Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday
b. Even address numbers – Wednesday/Friday/Sunday
c. No irrigation on Mondays

2. 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 <https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/>

https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/smart-tips-for-the-home-yard.pdf 

https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/files/utilities/2015/02/util_water_conservation_utilities_brochure.pdf

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UPDATE – Stage 1 – Water Conservation Alert – UPDATE

07.19.2019
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 <http://www.brunswickcountync.gov/>.

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Brunswick County to begin accepting LIHEAP applications Dec. 3

11.20.2018

Brunswick County will begin accepting applications for LIHEAP, the annual energy assistance program, from adults who are at least 60 years old or disabled on Dec. 3.

The LIHEAP, or Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, provides a one-time annual vendor payment to help eligible families offset winter heating expenses. The household’s total countable income for the base period must be equal to or less than 130 percent of the current poverty level, and the household’s total resources must be $2,250 or less.

Beginning Monday, Dec. 3, individuals who are 60 years and older or disabled and receiving services from the Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) can apply at Social Services, in Building B at the County Complex. Applications will be accepted Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.  In addition, during the month of December, Social Services staff will be taking applications at the Brunswick County Senior Centers.  Locations, dates and times are below.

Individuals who are homebound may have someone apply on their behalf.  The homebound individual must write a statement giving their representative permission to apply on their behalf and provide the representative with eligibility requirements.

Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 2, anyone may apply for the funds, regardless of age or disability. At that time, applications will be taken in person at the Town Creek Park Community Building, 6420 Ocean Hwy East, Winnabow, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Applicants must provide all income for the household and its members; checking and savings account statements for all members of the household; all property, stocks, bonds and other assets for all members of the household; the name, date of birth and social security number for each member of the household; and a copy of the current heating source bill, with the applicant’s name, address and account number.

Applications will be taken until Mar. 31, or until all funds are exhausted. For additional information, please call 910-253-2422.

Senior Sites:

Ash Senior Site December 13 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Boiling Spring Lakes Senior Site December 19 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Oak Island Senior Site December 4 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Town Creek Senior Site December 11 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Centers:

Center at Southport Dec. 6 and 14 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Center at Shallotte Dec. 7 and 18 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Center at Leland Dec. 5 and 12 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Center at Calabash Dec. 3 and Dec. 20 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Lockwood Folly Community Building
(Supply Temporary Site)
Dec. 10 and 17 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 

The following chart describes the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Eligibility Requirements.

Eligibility Requirement What’s Needed How Often
Identity ID, Contact with someone knowledgeable of your situation At application
Address Lease, rental agreement, any other shelter expenses, contact with someone knowledgeable of your situation At application or situation, if moving
Citizenship/ Alien Status Verification of citizenship/alien status via Immigration and Naturalization Service At application
Social Security Number Valid social security card or number At application
Earned Income: Wages/Self-Employment Wage stubs, tax forms contacting employer At application
Unearned Income: Public Benefits/ Private Retirement Benefits/Trust, etc. Documents from provider, award letter At application
Assets/Resources Ownership and tax records – bank and court documents At application
Heating Expense Copy of bills At application