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Brunswick County Coronavirus / Hurricane Information

09.26.2020

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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.

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Historically, once treated wastewater leaves a wastewater treatment facility, it has been discharged into a stream or river. Rather than discharging treated wastewater to a stream or river, a non-discharge facility uses the highly treated wastewater for large-scale irrigation. The highly treated wastewater is termed “Reuse” or “Reclaimed” water. Brunswick County operates over 25 miles of reuse force mains that supplies water for irrigation to four golf courses. Brunswick County also owns and operates 1,040 acres at three dedicated sites for irrigation of cover crops and infiltration ponds.


Infiltration ponds are essentially shallow artificial ponds that are designed to infiltrate water through permeable soils into the groundwater aquifer. Where the groundwater table is relatively shallow, the use of under-drains allows control of groundwater. Infiltration sites may be located next to rivers or other surface water bodies, particularly if hydro-geological studies show that the percolate will flow to the surface water system and will not impact the general groundwater quality. When using under-drains, infiltration ponds are designed for discharge rates that only slightly exceed the percolation rates.

 

Using reuse water for irrigation has several advantages. One major advantage is that reuse water replaces potable water from the County’s water system that would have been used for irrigation. This reduces the peak loading on the water system which ultimately reduces costs and forestalls the need for expansion of the potable water system. Additionally, using reuse water for irrigation allows golf courses to reduce the amount of fertilizer applications on the courses.

 

Tertiary treatment of effluent involves a series of additional steps after secondary treatment to further reduce organics, turbidity, nitrogen, phosphorus, metals, and pathogens. Brunswick County uses different forms of Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR) processes that remove total nitrogen (TN) and total phosphorus (TP) from wastewater using microorganisms under different environmental conditions in the treatment process. Along with the biological process, these facilities also have effluent filters to reduce turbidity, and disinfection to eliminate pathogens.

 

HOW CAN WE USE RECLAIMED WATER?

Residential and Business customers may use reclaimed water for landscape irrigation, especially in irrigation systems designed or converted to comply with Reclaimed water irrigation requirements. Reclaimed water can also be used for a limited number of other purposes like:

  • Dust control for street sweeping
  • Roadway pre-treatment
  • Directional boring
  • Vehicle washing
  • Pesticide application
  • Pressure washing
  • Decorative ponds and fountains that do NOT have a drain to surface waters, storm drains, or catch basins. These must display permanent weatherproof signage
  • General construction purposes such as soil compaction, dust control, and asphalt reclamation
  • Cooling tower and boiler blow-down water
  • Toilet flushing

WHAT IS NOT ALLOWED: 

  • Drinking
  • Irrigation during inclement weather
  • Excessive watering
  • Runoff from irrigated areas to run into the street, ditches, or streams
  • Water to form ponds or pools
  • Connection of a reclaimed water hose to any part of your house plumbing

 

Currently, reclaimed water is produced at West Brunswick Regional, Ocean Isle Beach, and Sea Trail treatment facilities.

West Brunswick Regional Water Reclamation Facility is the county’s largest facility rated at 6.0 MGD.  It is an Oxidation Ditch facility, which is a continuous-flow process using looped channels to create time sequenced anoxic, aerobic, and anaerobic zones used to remove both Total Nitrogen and Total Phosphorous. The West Brunswick Regional Water Reclamation Facility uses four effluent tertiary filters to reduce turbidity and chlorine for disinfection. This facility provides reclaimed water for Carolina National Golf Course in the Winding River community, The Members Club Golf Course and Reserve Club Golf Course in St. James. West Brunswick also has 3 dedicated sites for dispersal of reuse water, including International Paper (IP), Mercer Mill (MM) and Drip Irrigation sites. Internationl Paper and Mercer Mill use both irrigation of cover crops and infiltration ponds on site.

 

Ocean Isle Beach Water Reclamation Facility is rated at 1.050 MGD. It is a Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR) batch process alternating anoxic/aerobic/anoxic/aerobic stages used to remove Total Nitrogen and Total Phosphorous. Ocean Isle Beach uses a sand filter for reduction of turbidity and UV for disinfection.  Although the facility produces reclaimed water, currently this water is only used within the site on spray fields owned and maintained by Brunswick County.

 

Sea Trail Water Reclamation Facility is rated at 0.30 MGD. It is an extended aeration facility with sand filters for the reduction of turbidity and UV disinfection. Sea Trail produces reclaimed water for the three golf courses at Sea Trail Plantation, these courses are Jones, Byrd and Maples. Although Brunswick county owns and maintains the facility, the golf courses are privately owned.

 

 

Tim Webb, Wastewater Treatment Superintendent

(910) 253-2479 | tim.webb@brunswickcountync.gov

 

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Brunswick County now requires individuals to first visit our website for services and to contact county departments via phone or email to see if we can assist you virtually to support social distancing for our residents and team members during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If an in-person visit to a county office is necessary, you will need to schedule an appointment first via the phone and/or email listed.

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