Public Notice

Public Notice

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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 STAGE 1 – WATER CONSERVATION ALERT 

07.22.2019
 STAGE 1 – WATER CONSERVATION ALERT

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 <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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Brunswick County working to assess debris, restore trash and recycling services; some fees to be waived for storm damage; FNS clients quality for Hot Food Waiver

09.18.2018

Brunswick County is working to assess yard debris and restore trash and recycling services in the County. As recovery begins, Brunswick County will waive building inspection fees and some environmental health fees for damage due to Hurricane Florence, and FNS clients have been approved for a Hot Food Waiver.

Yard Debris, Trash and Recycling Update

There has been a lot of devastation in Brunswick County this past week and our roadways are still an issue for a lot of areas. We understand that some residents are working to get their homes back to normal and we are asking that they hold any debris for now. The county is currently working on assessing areas to see what our residents are dealing with. These assessments are crucial in determining a plan of action for disaster recovery. Residents, that are beginning the cleanup process, are asked to keep vegetative/yard debris separate from any construction/demolition debris. If residents have other materials, such as appliances, metal, tires, hazardous waste, and/or electronics, we ask that they are kept separated as well.

The County is working with Waste Industries to restore trash and recycling services to residents. Again, our roadways are a concern in determining when this will happen.

Building Inspection, Environmental Health Fees Waived for Hurricane-Related Damage

To aid in Brunswick County’s recovery from Hurricane Florence, Brunswick County will waive building inspection and some environmental health fees, including septic and well permitting fees and well sampling fees, for storm damage related to Hurricane Florence. Fees will be waived until Oct. 1, at which point the timeline of continuing waivers will be evaluated.

Field inspectors will verify that damage is storm-related to qualify for the waiver.

Building inspections is open in Building I of the County Complex, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., though emergency calls can be made at any point to 910-253-2021.

Hot Food Waiver for Food and Nutrition Services Recipients

On September 14, 2018, Hurricane Florence ravaged the state and caused many individuals and families to evacuate or temporality relocate to areas in and around North Carolina. The need for hot foods and hot prepared food products is critical for the coming weeks for those most adversely impacted and who are temporarily unable to prepare hot foods due to power outages and/or displacement from their homes.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved a Hot Food Waiver for all Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) recipients in North Carolina. The waiver allows any FNS recipient to purchase hot foods and hot foods prepared for immediate consumption if they are purchased in a FNS authorized retail store in North Carolina. USDA has provided notification to all authorized retailers in the State. A state press release will be made available along with other social media outlets. The Department has verified with the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association that authorized retailers are prepared to accept EBT for these purchases.