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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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Educational Opportunities


2018 – 2019 CONTESTS

 “The Living Soil” 

3rd—5th Grades: Poster Contests

6th Grade:  Essay Contest

7th—8th Grades: Speech Contests

9th Grade:  Computer Generated Contest

Entry deadline is Feb. 22nd. You can schedule your school or classroom contest presentation at anytime. We can’t wait to see the entries for this year. Contest info can be found here


2019 Annual Contests County Winners are……

3rd Grade Poster Contest County Winner – Claire Opalk – Union Elem.


4th Grade Poster Contest County Winner – Skye Magee – Southport Elem.           

5th Grade Poster Contest County Winner – Aaliyah Shaw – Lincoln Elem.

6th Grade Essay Contestant Emmy Russ. County & Area   Winner!!                              

8th Grade Speech Contestant Dallas Russ. County & Area Winner!!


You can also view the 2019 “The Living Soil” Contests Winners on our Facebook page here


Brunswick Soil and Water Conservation District Educational Resources

Contact Education Coordinator Marybeth Watkins at 910-253-2830

or email

Classroom Presentations

Brunswick Soil & Water Conservation District staff are available to visit schools throughout the school year to discuss natural resource conservation topics related to soil (e.g., soil erosion, soil composition) and water (e.g., water quality, water conservation). We have the Enviroscape Watershed Model, Geology Kit, Groundwater Model, Soil Erosion Demonstration Model, Soil Texture Presentation, Goods from the Woods Kit, etc., that we can bring to your classroom for presentations or are available for loan.  

Environmental Field Days

District staff are available to facilitate and/or participate in Environmental Field Days at all schools located within the county. Field Days would include stations that are set up with presentations on different natural resources.  Examples of stations could be: water, forestry, soils, wildlife, pollination, etc.

Envirothon Competition

Each year, a 5-member team of Brunswick County middle/high school students are chosen to participate in the Envirothon.  Teams are given information on 5 different topics: forestry, aquatics, soils, wildlife, and current environmental issues for study resources. The Brunswick Soil & Water Conservation District pays for registration fees and most travel expenses for the Coastal and State events when applicable.

Life On The Farm

Brunswick County Farm Bureau’s “Life On The Farm Program” provides third grade students a fun day of exploration outside of the classroom. It offers them an opportunity to see a farm and learn where their food comes from. This program also focuses on the interdependence between plants, animals and humans.  In 2014 Brunswick Soil & Water Conservation District became an active partner in this program. 

Plants For Pollinators

The Brunswick Soil & Water Conservation District developed the Plants for Pollinators in the Classroom to help students in Brunswick County discover the importance of native pollinators and study the relationship between plants and pollinators. Teachers and students use the indoor growing kit (complete with plant stand, grow bulbs, potting soil and seeds) to explore plant growth, conduct experiments and raise plants.

Annual Poster, Essay, Public Speaking and Computer Generated Poster Contests

New topics are chosen each year. There are 3 levels of competition, County, Area and State.  The contests categories are listed below: 

Poster Contest – 3rd-5th grades  

Essay Contest – 6th grade 

Public Speaking Contest – 7th & 8th grades

Computer Generated Poster Contest – 9th grade

The deadline for contest entries is the end of February. Prizes are awarded to 1st place county winners.  Prizes range from $25-$50 according to the contest. Students total winnings could be almost $300 if they win the County, Area and State Competitions.  Links for detailed contests information is provided above.

Resource Conservation Workshop

Each year, one or more high school students are selected to attend the Resource Conservation Workshop, which is held at North Carolina State University during the last week of June.  The week-long workshop is designed to encourage students to pursue a degree in a natural resource conservation field. Brunswick Soil & Water Conservation District provides registration and meal costs.

Teachers’ Workshops

Workshops feature hands-on training on various topics concerning conservation-related issues. If your school is interested in having a workshop, please contact the Brunswick Soil & Water Conservation District.  


The Conservation Conversation Newsletter – September  2017

The Conservation Conversation Newsletter – September 2017 (page 2)

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