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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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Voter Registration

Am I registered to vote?

Check your registration.

How do I register to vote?

You can register to vote in-person at the County Board of Election office or you can fill out a form and return it to us.

Mail your form to: Brunswick County Board of Elections

PO Box 2

Bolivia, NC 28422

View more details on voter registration (including other locations to pick up forms).

Can my registration form be submitted online?

Registration forms for name and address changes within the county can be submitted by fax (910-253-2618) or by email (  An original form is needed for all other changes as well as new registrations.

When is the deadline to register?

You must be registered to vote 25 days prior to the election – Friday, October 11, 2019 for the municipal election. This is also the deadline for party changes.  Mailed forms must be postmarked by this date.

If I miss the voter registration deadline, can I register and vote the same day?

Yes.  If a resident has lived in Brunswick County for 30 days prior to the election and misses the voter registration deadline, they may go to any one-stop early voting site to register and vote the same day.  The individual will be required to provide acceptable proof of residence before they can become registered. The Notice to Same Day Registrants provides more details, including a list of acceptable proof of residence documents.  Same day registration is only available during one-stop early voting; it is not available on election day.

If I am registered unaffiliated, can I vote in the Primary?

Yes.  Unaffiliated voters in North Carolina may vote in primary elections.  Unaffiliated voters may choose to participate in any recognized party’s partisan primary, or they may request a non-partisan ballot. However, the voter must choose only one party’s primary. Participating in a partisan primary will not affect your status as an unaffiliated voter. The partisan choice does carry over to a second primary if one is called.  If you request a non-partisan ballot, you will only vote for those contests that are non-partisan (i.e. judicial contests, referenda, etc.).

How do I change my party?

Party changes can be made on your voter registration card or using the Voter Registration Form.

I am not yet 18, when can I register to vote?

Voter registration applicants between the ages of 16 and 17, although they are not qualified by age to vote, may preregister to vote. To preregister to vote, applicants must indicate on their voter registration application that they are at least 16 years of age and understand that they must be 18 years of age on or before election day to vote. Any preregistrant must be registered once they reach the age of eligibility. At that time, their county board of elections shall process the person’s application.

How do I remove my registration or that of a deceased person?

To remove your own registration, use the Voter Registration Cancellation form and return it to our office.

To remove a voter due to death, please download and complete the Notification of Deceased Voter Form. This form may only be completed by a near relative or personal representative of the deceased voter’s estate.

Either of these forms can be returned to our office via mail, faxed to (910)253-2618 or by email to

Elections and Voting

Can I vote early?

Yes!  You can vote early for the 2019 Municipal Election at selected one-stop early voting locations Wednesday, October 16, 2019 through Friday, November 1, 2019. A complete list of times and locations will be posted as soon as available.

Do I need photo ID to vote?

Voters will be asked to show photo ID beginning in 2020.  More information can be found on the State Board of Elections website.

How does absentee voting work?

A voter fills out the State Absentee Ballot Request Form to request an absentee ballot.  The request may be returned by mail, faxed to (910)253-2618 or by email to .  Once received and processed by the Board of Elections, a ballot is then mailed to the voter.  The ballot packet includes a ballot, instructions for marking and returning it, along with a return envelope.

Absentee ballots for the Municipal Election will be available beginning Friday, October 4, 2019. We must receive your request for an absentee ballot by Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 5 p.m. Hand delivered ballots must be received in our office by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.  Mailed ballots must be postmarked on or before November 5, 2019 and received by Friday, November 8, 2019. View more details.

Can I sign up to always be mailed a ballot?

No, a new absentee ballot request must be submitted for each election.  The law does allow for annual absentee ballot requests only if there is a sickness or physical disability.

How do I know what contests and candidates are on the ballot?

Once sample ballots are available for an election, you can find yours by looking up your voter record. You can also obtain a copy of your sample ballot on our website or by calling our office and asking that we mail one to you.  You may mark your sample ballot ahead of time and carry it into the voting booth with you.

What if I go to the wrong precinct on Election Day?

On election day, you vote in your assigned precinct to ensure you receive a ballot that contains all races for which you are eligible.  If you do not go to your correct precinct, you will have to vote on a provisional ballot.  It is recommended that voters check where they should go vote prior to election day by looking up their voter record.

What is provisional voting?

A provisional ballot is offered to voters when there are questions about:

  • a voter’s qualification to vote,
  • the voter’s eligibility to vote in a given election, or
  • the voter’s eligibility to vote a specific ballot style.

Provisional voting is a mechanism by which a citizen is guaranteed the opportunity to cast a ballot in the event that such questions have been raised. In that case, the citizen is permitted to cast a provisional ballot, which is held aside pending research into the issue to be resolved. Findings are presented to the county board members, who make final determinations. Election results are not finalized until all provisional ballots that are eligible have been included in the total count.

Provisional voting is fail-safe voting. State law mandates that each person who presents to vote be given that opportunity, whether by regular or provisional ballot. In no circumstance will a voter be turned away.

Can I wear my candidates shirt or hat when I go vote?

Yes.  Voters in the act of voting may wear political attire when in the act of voting.  Once the act of voting is complete voters should exit the polling place immediately and remain outside the buffer zone.

What is the buffer zone?

The buffer zone is an area surrounding the entrance to the polling place inside which electioneering and loitering may not occur.  The buffer zone is set anywhere from 25-50 feet surrounding the entrance and will be clearly marked at each polling place.

What if I am unable to enter the polling place due to age or physical disability?

In any election, if any voter is able to travel to the voting place, but because of age or physical disability and physical barriers encountered at the voting place is unable to enter the voting enclosure to vote in person without physical assistance, that voter will be allowed to vote in the vehicle conveying that voter.

Curbside voting is available at all voting sites during the one-stop absentee voting period and on election day. Voting sites will have signage indicating curbside voting and will also have a curbside alert system. An election official will come to the vehicle to obtain the voter’s name and address. Before a ballot is issued to a curbside voter, the voter must swear an oath affirming his or her qualification to use curbside voting.

I plan to bring a voter to vote curbside. May I sit in the car and vote curbside, too?

The same rules apply to both the driver and passengers.  All persons wishing to vote curbside must sign an affidavit stating they cannot enter the polling place due to age or physical disability.

Can someone help me cast my ballot?

North Carolina law allows for any voter to receive assistance in entering or exiting a voting booth as well as preparing a ballot, as long as the person providing assistance is a member of the voter’s immediate family. N.C. law defines an immediate family member as one of the following: spouse, parent, grandparent, sibling, child, grandchild, mother- or father-in-law, son- or daughter-in-law, stepparent or stepchild.

The law further stipulates that some voters can receive aid from a wider range of helpers. If a voter satisfies any of the conditions below, they are eligible to receive help from any person of their choice, with the exception of the voter’s employer or union representative, or an agent thereof. Those are:

  • a voter who, on account of physical disability, is unable to enter the voting booth without assistance
  • a voter who, on account of physical disability, is unable to mark a ballot without assistance
  • a voter who, on account of illiteracy, is unable to mark a ballot without assistance
  • a voter who, on account of blindness, is unable to enter the voting booth or mark a ballot without assistance

Any voter who qualifies for and requests assistance while voting at a One-Stop (early) voting site is entitled to the same assistance as voters who vote on Election Day.

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75 Stamp Act Drive NE (Building H) Bolivia, NC, 28422

(910) 253-2620
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