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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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The Department of Veterans Affairs offers two types of disability benefits: Service Connected Compensation and Non-Service-Connected Pension.

Service Connected Disability Compensation

This compensation program is available to all veterans who have a current diagnosed condition that is a result of his or her military service. Disability ratings are determined by the level of impairment in accordance with the Schedule for Rating Disabilities (38 CFR, Part 4). There are eleven possible levels of disability assignable for any condition, from 0% to 100%, in 10% increments.

There are four possible ways to connect a disabling condition to the veteran’s service:

  • Direct: The disability is a direct result of an injury in service (e.g., a combat wound, knee injury during PT or while out in the field), or as a result of an incident in service (e.g., cancer due to asbestos exposure), or a medical condition which began while on active duty (e.g., diabetes, reflux, hypertension).
  • Aggravation: A disability which existed prior to military service and becomes permanently worse during military service; not as the result of the condition’s natural progress.
  • Presumption: Certain chronic and tropical diseases will be presumed to have begun during service if they become manifest to a compensable degree within a specified time. In addition, specified diseases are presumed to be the result of certain incidents of service (prisoner of war, participation in “radiation-risk” activities, herbicide exposure, undiagnosed illnesses associated with service in the Persian Gulf area) if they become manifest to a compensable degree within specified time periods.
  • Secondary: This may be established for a new condition, which is directly and proximately caused by an established service connected condition. (e.g., veteran is service connected for Type II Diabetes Mellitus and develops Diabetic Neuropathy).

Nonservice-Connected Pension

Pension is an income and net worth based program at poverty levels for disabled veterans and their eligible dependents. The veteran must meet the service requirements, which include at least one day of active service during a period of war, and be discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.
Prior to age 65 the veteran must be permanently and totally disabled to be eligible for pension. (The disability must also be for reasons other than the veterans own willful misconduct.) After age 65, no disability is required.

Periods of War recognized by the VA

  • World War II – December 7, 1941, through December 31, 1946
  • Korean Conflict – June 27, 1950, through January 31, 1955
  • Vietnam Era – August 5, 1964, through May 7, 1975 (Feb. 28, 1961, for veterans who served “in country” before Aug. 5, 1964)
  • Gulf War – August 2, 1990, through a date to be set by law or Presidential Proclamation

Minimum Service Requirements for Pension

Service prior to September 7, 1980:

  • Ninety days or more of active duty, one or more of which must have been during a period of war.
  • An aggregate of 90 days or more in two or more periods of service during more than one period of war.
  • If the veteran was released from active duty in less than 90 days, VA may determine if the veteran was released for a service connected disability or had a service connected disability at the time of release from active duty that would have warranted a discharge from disability.

Service after September 7, 1980:

  • Twenty-four months of continuous active duty, with one day during a period of war; or
  • The full period for which a person was called or ordered to active duty.

Pension payments are made to bring a veteran’s total annual income, including other retirement or Social Security income, to a level set by Congress. Un-reimbursed medical expenses may reduce countable income for VA purposes.

Pension rates are adjusted annually with a cost of living increase. The rate tables may be accessed through the VA’s website at

To apply for Service Connection or for Pension, schedule an appointment with our office by calling 910-253-2233.




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