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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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Brunswick County Trail Plan

Are you interested in biking, walking, kayaking, wildlife, or preserving our natural resources? Brunswick County has coordinated a county-wide trail plan.  This important project identifies routes for walking, biking, and paddling that exist today and proposes new routes to better link communities throughout Brunswick County together. It creates a comprehensive network of walking trails, bike routes, and paddle trails while preserving Brunswick County’s many natural resources, and acting as a catalyst to promote healthy communities throughout Brunswick County. The Brunswick County Trail Plan was approved by the Brunswick County Board of Commissions in March 2017 and then by many of the Municipalities located in Brunswick County.The Brunswick County Trail Plan consist of the two maps.

Brunswick County Existing Trail Plan Map

The Brunswick County Existing Trail Plan Map shows where trails are located for walking, biking, and paddling within Brunswick County. This map acts as a promotional tool for Brunswick County. Full-color copies that are outdoor friendly are also available. Contact the Brunswick County Planning Department for more information.

Trails on this map are designated routes for travel, typically along a roadway. Please be aware that the trail routes depicted on roadways require cyclists to share the road with vehicles. Many roadways experience high vehicular traffic volumes. Inexperienced cyclists will not be easily accommodated on these on-road bike routes. Trail routes on neighborhood streets (primarily shown on Town insets on reverse side of map) can be used for a safer experience. Users are strongly urged to plan your trip accordingly to ensure that your travel route is consistent with your biking skill level and experience.

Off-road greenway style and pedestrian friendly facilities are limited to the Brunswick Forest Multi-Use Trail, the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville, and the Carroll Street Bike Trail and are labeled on the map. Parklands and Preserves that have off-road facilities for walking and biking are identified on the map and in the legend with corresponding Letters A through T. Pedestrian users should utilize these off-road facilities.

View the Brunswick County Existing Walking Trails, Bike Routes, & Paddle Trail Plan Map (Side #1 County-Wide Map)

View the Brunswick County Existing Walking Trails, Bike Routes, & Paddle Trail Plan Map (Side #2 Municipalities Inset Map)


Brunswick County Proposed Trail Plan Map

The Brunswick County Proposed Trail Plan Map is a conceptual map that outlines where trails are desired. This map denotes existing trails and future trails for conceptual purposes only. Future trails are not funded at this time. Exact locations, layouts and the routing of all trails and access sites will be designed and built on a case-by case basis and are subject to changes based upon funding availability, on-the-ground surveys, agreements with private land owners, as well as local, state, and federal requirements and approvals.

Off-road trail facilities with a hard surface are desired and encouraged for all trail routes including moving existing on-road trails to off-road facilities. The use of on-road bike lanes and natural surfaces are viable alternatives when off road facilities and/or hard surfaces are not feasible. Additional trail heads and rest stops for bikes and pedestrians encouraged throughout the network. Native plantings and wide corridors are encouraged along the entire trail network especially in Conservation Focus Areas to promote conservation of wildlife and natural resources. Additional water access sites and options for camping along paddle trails are also desired and encouraged.

View the Proposed Trail Map

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