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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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(Expired) Request for Proposals (RFP): Jet Aeration System West Brunswick WRF

02.21.2019

Request for Proposals (RFP) for Engineering Services for the Conversion of an
Existing Mechanical Aeration System to a Jet Aeration System to Serve the
Existing Oxidation Ditches at West Brunswick WRF

Brunswick County is requesting proposals from qualified professional engineering firms for the services associated with the design of the conversion from the existing mechanical aeration system to a jet aerations system within oxidation ditches at the West Brunswick WRF.

Firms interested in being considered for this work should submit proposals to:

Post Office Delivery
Brenton S. Lockamy, PE
Project Manager
Brunswick County Public Utilities
P. O. Box 249
Bolivia, NC 28422

Hand Delivery or Alternate Shipping Service
Brenton S. Lockamy, PE
Project Manager
Utilities Operations Center
250 Grey Water Road NE
Supply, NC 28462

For consideration, five (5) copies of the response to this request for proposal must be submitted to the County by three o’clock p.m. (3:00 p.m.) on Thursday March 21, 2019. Submittals should be contained within an envelope or package and plainly labeled:

RFP for Engineering Services for the Conversion of an Existing Mechanical
Aeration System to a Jet Aeration System to Serve the Existing Oxidation Ditches
at West Brunswick WRF
Brunswick County Public Utilities
Proposal sections shall be divided by tabs that indicate the title of each section. At a minimum, the proposal should include the following information:

  1. Qualifications of the employees who will be assigned to the project. The project manager and other key team members should be clearly identified. If subcontractors are to be used for any portion of the work, they should be identified and their qualifications included.
  2. Experience on similar projects. The proposal should include a description and contact person for projects that were similar in size and scope as this project.
  3. A project schedule for design through completion of construction including key milestones should be included. The project schedule should start from the Notice to Proceed and include, at minimum, one-week intervals for County staff reviews. A project schedule will be included in the contract for this work.
  4. A brief description of the project approach to be used by the firm should be included.
  5. A brief discussion of the firm’s ability to meet the budget constraints on the project should be included. This includes an estimate of man-hours required to complete the various components of the project. Each task shall be subtotaled in addition to project totals.

Brunswick County reserves the right to select the firm that best meets its needs and negotiate a final Scope of Work that reflects the work to be done. All firms submitting a proposal will receive notification once the contract has been awarded.

A more detailed description of the work to be performed is contained in the attached Scope of Work. In general, the selected consultant will be expected to provide the surveying services, design services, preparation of plans and specifications, limited construction administration, and limited construction inspection. This work shall include preparation of all required permit applications including NC DEQ Construction Permit, NC DEQ Stormwater Permit, CAMA, and NC DEQ Sedimentation and Erosion Control if applicable. The County will negotiate and refine a final Scope of Work with the selected consultant. The consultant’s final contract shall be based on a lump sum amount, inclusive of permit application fees and other expenses (printing, mileage, per diem, etc.). No additional compensation shall be made for reimbursable items.

The County reserves the right to reject all proposals and not enter into any contracts.

Brenton S. Lockamy, PE
Project Manager
910.253.2460

Scope of Work
Engineering Services to Convert Existing Mechanical Aeration to Jet Aerations Systems for Oxidation Ditches at West Brunswick WRF

  1. MEET WITH COUNTY STAFF
    The selected consultant should meet with Brunswick County Public Utilities staff. The consultant should familiarize themselves with the existing plant layout and plant operations. The NC DWR staff shall also be consulted to determine any issues that they determine need to be addressed in the design process.
  2. PRELIMINARY DESIGN
    a) Prepare preliminary design phase documents consisting of the final design criteria, preliminary drawings, and outline specifications for the project.
    b) Improvements shall include the conversion of two (2) of the four (4) existing oxidation ditches from mechanical aeriation to a jet aeration mixing system.
    c) Prepare an opinion of probable construction cost.
    d) Develop a construction schedule that will minimize the impact of the construction on existing plant operations. County staff will review the schedule for potential operational issues.
    e) Furnish two review copies of the preliminary design phase documents and any other deliverables to the owner for review.
  3. FINALIZE DESIGN AND PREPARE PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS
    a) After the approval of the preliminary design documents, revised opinion of probable construction cost by the County staff, the consultant will finalize the design. The consultant will develop plans and specifications for the project that conform to Brunswick County Standards and NC DEQ-DWR minimum design standards.
    b) The County and consultant shall determine the approach that will secure the best bids and meet the project deadlines.
  4. PERMITTING
    a) Consultant shall provide all technical criteria, written descriptions and design data for use in filing applications for permits from or approvals of governmental authorities having jurisdiction to review or approve the final design of the project; assist owner in consultations with such authorities; and revise the drawings and specifications in response to directives from such authorities.
    b) Submit permit applications to governmental authorities and act as the agent of the owner. The consultant shall pay for all associated permitting fees.
  5. BIDDING
    a) The consultant shall pre-qualify all contractors using State Construction Office pre- qualification methods or other procedures approved by the owner. Pre-qualification shall include a pre-qualification request, public advertisement, receipt of pre- qualification packages, evaluations, recommendation to owner, validation of recommendations, and attendance at any review hearings.
    b) The consultant shall conduct a pre-bid meeting, respond to contractor questions, evaluate substitutions, prepare and distribute addenda and clarifications, attend bid opening, review bids, provide certified bid tabulation, assist with bid protests, and make recommendation of award.
    c) Prepare conformed construction drawings and specifications for construction phase that reflect any changes made during the bidding process.
  6. CONSTRUCTION SERVICES
    a) Consultant shall provide sufficient project inspection and shall consult with the County Inspector sufficiently for the consultant to provide all necessary certifications at the close of the project. Consultant shall evaluate all test reports, review construction observation reports, ensure compliance to the contract documents, prepare conformed documents, conduct a pre-construction meeting, conduct monthly progress meetings, inspect the project no less than once per week and document inspection findings
    b) Consultant shall review shop drawings and contract required submittals, review schedules, review Requests for Information, issue clarifications and interpretations of the contract documents, prepare change orders and work change directives, develop punch lists, review maintenance and operating instructions, review schedules, guarantees, and bonds, conduct final walk-throughs, and prepare record drawings.