Public Notice

Public Notice

Brunswick County Coronavirus / Hurricane Information

09.27.2020

See Latest Coronavirus Information & Case Counts >> brunswickcountync.gov/alert-ticker/information-on-coronavirus/

County Contact Information & Virtual Services During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Brunswick County is urging individuals to visit our website and to call or email county departments for assistance first before visiting county offices. The County now requires appointments for in-person visits. Not sure who to contact? Call our main line and we can help direct your calls.

  • Main County Contact Information: 910.253.2000 / 800.442.7033

 

Brunswick County Public Health Call Line and Email Information (Available Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

 

NC Public Health Call Line (Open 24/7)

  • Phone: 1.866.462.3821

 

North Carolina 2-1-1 Program

  • For COVID-19 questions, dial 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162
  • Sign up for updates by texting COVIDNC to 898211

 

View: Brunswick County declares a state of emergency due to COVID-19 (March 24, 2020)

 

See the latest information about vegetative debris collection on private roads in the unincorporated areas of the county due to Isaias >> https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/isaiasdebris

Residents on private roads in the unincorporated areas of Brunswick County need to place their vegetative debris from Hurricane Isaias in in the right-of-way of their property no later than the evening of Sunday, Aug. 30 for collection.

Click here for full details and instructions on this collection.

Crews will make one pass across the county and could arrive in any area as early as Monday. Any vegetative debris that is not on the right-of-way by Sunday evening will not be collected.

A right-of-way is generally defined as the edge of your property before the curb. If you have a sidewalk, ditch, or utility line in front of your house, make sure that your debris does not cover or restrict these areas.

This service will only include the private roads in the unincorporated areas of the county, including private roads in gated communities. The service will also collect any tree hangers or leaners in the rights-of-way.

This service will not collect or remove tree hangers or leaners that are on private property outside of a right-of-way.

Residents who need assistance to move debris or other needs following Hurricane Isaias can contact the Brunswick County VOAD for guidance and direction to organizations or services that may be able to help: 910-253-2589

 

Visit our Hurricane Preparedness page for more resources and information.

Getting ready to reopen a business? Make sure you include flushing your appliances as part of your plan

05.06.2020

Getting ready to reopen a business? Make sure you include flushing your appliances as part of your plan

Business owners should flush all appliances that use water now or before reopening to replace any stagnant water that might have had disinfectants dissipate or become undetectable while closed

MEDIA RELEASE

BOLIVIA, N.C. – With the Governor’s Stay at Home Order and Executive Order No. 120 requiring several businesses to close for several weeks, business and building owners are encouraged to take steps to prepare their pipes for increased water use as they reopen according to the Governor’s three-phase approach to lifting restrictions due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

If water is not being used for a longer period of time, the water held in a building’s pipes can become stagnant. Disinfectants in the water, such as chlorine, will likely dissipate or become undetectable.

“These kinds of conditions increase the chance that waterborne bacteria has grown and spread in the water sitting in the pipes,” Public Utilities Director John Nichols said. “Business owners and employees can easily remedy this through simple but necessary actions to ensure the water in the building has recently been treated with disinfectants and is taste- or odor-free before resuming their normal water use.”

The best immediate action is to flush the entire building, including all water-using appliances such as ice machines and dishwashers. Flushing clears out the low-quality water that accumulates during low use and replaces it with higher quality water from the main water supply. The fresh water will also help mitigate other problems (e.g., loss of protective scale and biofilm growth) that might have emerged while the water was stagnant.

If staff are available to flush your buildings’ water lines, you are encouraged to start now. Run enough water through all outlets (e.g., hoses, faucets, shower heads, toilets, etc.) and remove aerators when possible. Typical protocols require running water for 10 to 30 minutes for each outlet (duration varies based on outlet velocity). In most cases, flushing with water that has normal amounts of chlorine (the chlorine already in the water supply) is sufficient for cleaning the water system.

The scientists and engineers at the Environmental Science, Policy and Research Institute (ESPRI) and AH Environmental Consultants, Inc. (AH) developed a brief guidance material to help those who are responsible for maintaining building water systems.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also has detailed information on reactivating plumbing systems after dormant conditions at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/building-water-system.html

For additional questions about flushing appliances that use water, contact Brunswick County Public Utilities at 910.253.2657 (option 1) or email utilityadmin@brunswickcountync.gov

Importance of water and wastewater access during COVID-19 pandemic

In these uncertain times, the COVID-19 pandemic has provided an urgent reminder that access to water and wastewater services is essential and fundamental to all aspects of life and society. Brunswick County’s two drinking water treatment plants are designed to filter and kill all kinds of viruses including COVID-19. The Environmental Protection Agency mandates through the Safe Drinking Water Act that all drinking water treatment facilities in the United States must be designed and built to inactivate viruses and bacteria.

We also want to remind you to help us maintain and care for our utility infrastructure now and always. This means only flushing human waste and toilet paper down the toilet; even if they are marked as a flushable product, items such as wipes and hygiene products can clog our system and should go in the trash. Also, refrain from pouring fats, oils and grease from food or other products down the sink, as this can also cause clogs and other problems for our system. Thank you for helping your Public Utilities team protect our water and wastewater infrastructure during this critical time.

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For media inquiries, contact the Public Information Officer at 910.253.2995 or email meagan.kascsak@brunswickcountync.gov

County Contact Information & Virtual Services During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Brunswick County is urging individuals to visit our website and to call or email county departments for assistance first before visiting county offices. The County now requires appointments for in-person visits. Not sure who to contact? Call our main line and we can help direct your calls.

  • Main County Contact Information: 910.253.2000 / 800.442.7033