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High water demand keeps conservation efforts in place

Brunswick County officials advise residents to use rain shut-off devices on automatic sprinkler systems, and avoid watering pavement and impervious surfaces. Stock photo.

Officials announced Thursday that a Stage 1 Water Conservation Alert remains in effect for nearly all communities in Brunswick County. 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.

Because irrigation demands represent the bulk of non-essential water use, 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.

County officials said they expect the Water Conservation Alert to remain in effect through the month of July and into August when it will be re-evaluated. The alert is based on current drought conditions and hot, summer weather that tends to elevate water demand.

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.

The 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.

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 http://www.brunswickcountync.gov.