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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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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the County Manager?

The County Manager is Ann B. Hardy.

Where is your office located?

The County Manager’s office is located on the third floor of the David R. Sandifer Administration Building at the Brunswick County Government Center in Bolivia. The physical address is 30 Government Center Drive NE, Bolivia, NC 28422.

How do I contact your office?

You may contact the County Manager’s office by mail (P.O. Box 249, Bolivia, NC 28422), by telephone (910-253-2000 or 1-800-442-7033), by fax (910-253-2022), or by email (

When is your office open?

Our normal office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except for holidays.

When is County Government closed for holidays?

Brunswick County observes New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving (two days) and Christmas (three days). View this year’s holiday calendar.

Do you have any job openings?

Our  job openings are viewable online. You can also sign up to receive email notifications when new jobs are posted.

When do the Commissioners meet and how do I add an item to the agenda?

The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners’ current meeting schedule is available online. Anyone can speak during the public comment period of an agenda with questions or concerns about county business. If you would like to place an item on the agenda, it should be sent to the Clerk’s Office in advance. View more information about speaking during a meeting.

What is the best way to communicate with the Commissioners?

You can call the Clerk to the Board at 910-253-2017, or you can email the County.

If I'm interested in serving on a board or committee, what process do I follow?

Brunswick County has many county boards and committees, that help with conducting county business. If you are interested in serving on a board or committee, you can complete an application for appointment.

How can I find the department or agency I need that provides a particular service?

You can view a list of all county departments and offices, with links to their website pages including location and contact information. If you are not sure which department or office you need, you can look under “Visitors,” “Residents” or “Business” in the menu at the top to find information arranged by category. Administration also serves as a referral source for citizens, businesses, organizations, and other governmental agencies. Office personnel can direct individuals to the proper department or agency; call 910-253-2000 or 1-800-442-7033.

I have a complaint regarding a county department and an employee. What should I do?

The County Manager’s office responds to complaints regarding services provided by county departments and will assist in the resolution of problems by working with the appropriate department. You may contact the County Manager’s Office at 910-253-2016 or by email at You may also submit a request for information or assistance, or suggest an improvement to county facilities, procedures and policies, using the electronic form.

What ordinances do we have in Brunswick County?

Copies of county ordinances county ordinances are available for inspection in the Clerk to the Board of Commissioners office.

What is the population of Brunswick County?

The 2015 population for Brunswick County, North Carolina is 122,765, according the Census figures.

What is the current tax rate?
I need an attorney, but can't afford one. Can the County Attorney help me or can you recommend someone?

In North Carolina, the County Attorneys provide legal advice and assistance to the Board of Commissioners and County staff. They do not serve as public defenders or provide legal advice or assistance to members of the public. If you are seeking an attorney, you may contact Legal Services of the Lower Cape Fear at 910-763-6207 or 1-800-672-9304.

How do I contact the District Attorney's Office or the Clerk of Court's Office?

The District Attorney’s Office may be reached by calling 910-253-3910. The Clerk of Court’s Office may be reached by calling 910-253-3900.

Who do I contact about Jury Duty?

Information regarding Jury Duty may be obtained by calling the Clerk of Court’s Office at 910-253-3900.

Who do I contact about my court date?

You can view the court calendars or call the Clerk of Court’s Office at 910-253-3900.

Who should I contact for replacement of a road sign?

To report a green road sign in a non-municipal area that needs to be repaired or replaced, please contact Joel Willis, Sign Shop Technician, at 910-253-2528 or online. For the repair or replacement or state road signs, contact the North Carolina Department of Transportation at 910-754-6527.

Who should I contact about road maintenance?

Roads in Brunswick County are classified as either state roads, municipal roads or private roads. There are no county roads. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) paves and maintains all state roads. Contact the NCDOT at 910-754-6527 for more information related to state-maintained roads. Private roads are the responsibility of the owner/developer or property owners.

My road is not a state road. How do I get my road maintained or paved?

Private roads are the responsibility of the owner/developer or property owners. To petition the NCDOT to take over the maintenance or pave a private road, the property owners along the road would have to petition the NDCOT to add it to the state’s system. To obtain a petition and instructions for submission, contact the Clerk to the Board of Commissioners at 910-253-2018.

Who should I contact about obtaining a business license?

Brunswick County does not require a business license to operate in the unincorporated areas of the county. However, the state of North Carolina and individual municipalities may require some type of license or permit, and you must check with them to find out any regulations or requirements they may have.

Who should I contact about Public Housing?

Questions about Section 8 Housing should be directed to the Public Housing Office at 910-253-2222.

When are the solid waste convenience centers and the landfill open?
  • You can view hours and locations for the Solid Waste Convenience Sites, Recycling Centers, and the C&D Landfill.
How can I found out my garbage collection day?

To find out your pickup day, call Waste Industries at 910-253-4177.

I am new the area. How do I obtain a garbage can for roadside pickup?

Contact the Solid Waste & Recycling Office at 910-253-2520 or 1-888-445-2502 to set up residential garbage collection. To sign up for residential recycling collection, contact Waste Industries at 910-253-4177.

How do I register to vote?

You can obtain a voter registration form online or at many county-wide locations, or by contacting the Board of Elections office at 910-253-2620 or 1-800-822-5986.

How can I obtain a building permit?

Visit the Central Permitting Data website or call the Building Inspections office at 910-253-2050.

Where do I obtain a marriage license?

Marriage licenses are issued by the Register of Deeds Office. For more information, call 910-253-2690 or 1-877-625-9310.

Where can I get a copy of a birth, death or marriage certificate?

You can obtain a certified or uncertified copy of a vital record filed in Brunswick County in person or by mail at the Register of Deeds Office. There is a fee for the copies.

To obtain a vital record of a person of another county, or to order a copy of a North Carolina birth (1913 – present), marriage (1962- present) or death (1930 – present) record on file, contact the North Carolina Vital Records Section.

Where can I get a passport?

Passport applications are accepted in the Register of Deeds Office. For more information, call 910-253-2690 or 1-877-625-9310.

How can I get on your bidder's list?

The county does not have a bidder’s list. All advertisements for bids are listed on our website or advertised in the local newspapers (Brunswick Beacon, State Port Pilot or Wilmington Star News). You can also sign up to receive email notifications when new bid advertisements are listed on the county website.

Is there a Social Security office located at the Government Center in Bolivia?

No. The closest Social Security Administration office is located at 1528 South 16th Street in Wilmington, NC. You may contact that office by calling 1-866-964-6227 or 1-910-815-4733.




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