Public Notice

Public Notice

07.01.2019
UPDATE – Stage 1 – Water Conservation Alert – UPDATE

Bolivia, NC – A Stage 1 Water Conservation Alert remains in effect. Drought conditions are expected to continue for the foreseeable weather forecast and water demands are increasing as we approach the 4th of July holiday. Demand for water over this past weekend (June 29th-30th) exceeded 90% of the available production and distribution capacity. However, your conservation has had an impact on overall usage.

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:

a. Odd address numbers – Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday
b. Even address numbers – Wednesday/Friday/Sunday
c. No irrigation on Mondays

2. 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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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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Cost-Share Programs

Planting in Diverse Cover Crops

District Board Vice-Chair Sam Smith planting soybeans in a cover crop mixture of Winter Peas, Abruzzi Rye, Crimson Clover and Diakon Radish. This demonstration site was established to research the utilization of  cover crops to improve soil health.  Plans are to continue this practice through the fall growing season.  Cost-Share assistance may be available.

 

 


Cost-Share Programs

Cost-Share Programs offer financial assistance to install best management practices (BMPs) on agricultural lands based on an average cost.  Best management practices are methods for reducing soil erosion and improving water quality.  Best management practices listed below are frequently implemented in our area.  See more detailed information at the NC Division of Soil and Water Conservation Cost Share Programs website here and USDA-NRCS Cost Share Programs website here.

Conservation Tillage

A tillage and planting system in which at least 30% of the soil surface is covered by plant residue.  Benefits include reduced soil erosion, reduced sedimentation, and reduced pollution from dissolved and sediment-attached substances (e.g., fertilizers).

Cropland Conversion (Grass or Trees)

A BMP method that establishes and maintains a conservation cover of grass, trees, or wildlife plantings on fields previously used for crop production.  Benefits include reduced soil erosion, reduced sedimentation, and reduced pollution from dissolved and sediment-attached substances (e.g., fertilizers).

Field Borders

A strip of perennial vegetation established at the edge of the field that provides a stabilized outlet for row water, thereby improving water quality.  Benefits include reduced soil erosion, reduced sedimentation, and reduced pollution from dissolved and sediment-attached substances (e.g., fertilizers).

Grassed Waterway

A natural or constructed channel that is shaped or graded to required dimensions and established in suitable perennial vegetation for the stable conveyance of runoff to improve water quality.  Benefits include reduced soil erosion, reduced sedimentation, and reduced pollution from dissolved and sediment-attached substances (e.g., fertilizers).

Long-Term No-Till

Planting of all row crops for 5 consecutive years, with a goal of at least 80% plant residue from preceding crops.  Benefits include reduced soil erosion, improvement of soil quality, reduced sedimentation, and reduced pollution from dissolved and sediment-attached substances (e.g., fertilizers).

Seasonal High Tunnel

A High Tunnel System, commonly called a “hoop house,” is an increasingly popular conservation practice with financial assistance through USDA-NRCS the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

  • Extend the growing season
  • Improve plant quality and soil quality
  • Reduce nutrient and pesticide transportation
  • Improve air quality through reduced transportation inputs
  • Reduce energy use by providing consumers with a local source of fresh produce

Sod-Based Rotation

An adapted sequence of crops, grasses, and legumes, or a mixture thereof, established and maintained for a definite number of years as part of a conservation cropping system that is designed to provide adequate organic residue for maintenance or improvement of soil quality.  Benefits include reduced soil erosion, reduced sedimentation, and reduced pollution from dissolved and sediment-attached substances (e.g., fertilizers).

Waste Application System

An environmentally-safe system (such as solid set, dry hydrant, etc.) for the conveyance and distribution of animal waste from waste treatment and storage structures to agricultural fields as part of an irrigation and waste utilization plan.

Water Control Structure

A permanent structure placed in farm canals and ditches to provide control of surface and subsurface drainage. The primary benefit is a reduction in nutrient pollution.  Other benefits include reduced sedimentation, reduced pollution from dissolved and sediment-attached substances (e.g., fertilizers), and reduced storm-water surges of fresh water into estuarine areas.

Wildlife Habitat Management

Develop and improve wildlife habitat on private forestland .

  • Prescribed burning
  • Reforestation
  • Firebreaks

 

 

 

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