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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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Several programs are available to help with educational costs for veterans; some programs may have additional eligibility requirements. Note: These programs provide assistance with educational opportunities for veterans; view information about educational opportunities for dependents and survivors, and information about scholarships for dependent children.

Chapter 33 – Post-9/11 GI Bill

Eligibility:

  • If you have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after Sept. 10, 2011, and are still on active duty, or if you are an honorably charged Veteran or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days, you may be eligible for this VA-administered program.

Length of Eligibility:

  • You have 15 years from your last separation from active duty or until you have used all of your 36 months of entitlement.

Application Form:

  • VA Form 22-1990

Chapter 30 – Montgomery GI Bill

Eligibility:

  • First entered active duty 7-1-85 or later and completes active duty of 2 years or more or who completes 2 years of active duty and enters the Selected Reserves for 4 or more years.

Length of Eligibility:

  • You have 10 years from the date of your last separation from active duty, or until you have used all of your months of entitlement, whichever is earlier.

Application Form:

  • VA Form 22-1990

Chapter 31 – Vocational Rehabilitation

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Eligibility:

  • Must have a service connected disability rated at 20 % or more which causes a demonstrable employment handicap.

Length of Eligibility:

  • You have 12 years from your last separation from active duty or from the date service connection is established.

Application Form:

  • VA Form 28-1900

Chapter 32 – Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)

Eligibility:

  • Served on active duty for at least 181 continuous days and enlisted for the first time between 1-1-77 and 6-30-85 inclusive, and signed up prior to 4-1-87 to make contributions while on active duty; can disenroll and later re-enroll if still on active duty.

Length of Eligibility:

  • You have 10 years from the date of your last separation from active duty.

Application Form:

  • VA Form 22-1990

Chapter 1606 – Educational Assistance for the Selected Reserve

Eligibility:

  • Officer – Added 6 years to their current obligation after 6-30-85.
  • Enlisted – Enlisted, reenlisted or extended enlistment for a 6-year period after 6-30-85.

Length of Eligibility:

  • You may receive benefits until your eligibility period ends or you use all your entitlement, whichever comes first. You have 10 years from the date you became eligible to use your benefits. If you leave the Selected Reserve, generally your benefits end the day you separate; however there are certain exceptions to this rule.

Application Form:

  • VA Form 22-1990

 

The VA’s website for education benefits can be found here: http://benefits.va.gov/gibill/contact_us.asp .

The VA’s Educational Benefits Call Center phone number is 1-888-442-4551.

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