State of Emergency Issued10/19/2016 10:42:00 AM
Bolivia, NC – Brunswick County is under a State of Emergency and water conservation measures are imperative for all public water users after attempts at a temporary fix to a broken water main did not work.
Crews worked until 1 a.m. this morning, but the attempted band sleeve, which would have been a temporary repair to the broken water main, was not successful. The County’s water situation is no better than before.
The site of the break is still flooded, and two of the options for a permanent repair have now been eliminated. Brunswick County Public Utility officials are meeting with officials from Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, Lower Cape Fear Water and Sewer Authority, Pender County and the contractor today to initiate the permanent repair.
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Mandatory Water Conservation10/18/2016 2:22:00 PM
Thank you to all Brunswick County water customers who have complied with mandatory restrictions and taken steps to decrease water consumption. Unfortunately, repairs to the water main are taking longer than initially expected, and are likely to continue into the week of October 24.
Irrigation of all types and home car washing using public water continue to be prohibited. These restrictions are being enforced and it is critical that all users comply immediately. For more information, visit www.brunswickcountync.gov.
Officials cracking down on water restriction violators; reducing water consumption is critical
Bolivia, NC – Officials are cracking down on Brunswick County Public Utilities customers who are not adhering to mandatory water restrictions, to ensure adequate water for medical uses and water consumption as work to repair a broken water main is now likely to continue into next week.
As efforts to repair the water main continue, it is critical that water usage by all Brunswick County Public Utilities customers be decreased. Compliance with mandatory restrictions is being enforced.
Brunswick County Public Utilities customers are prohibited from any type of irrigation, including irrigation systems, hand watering, and drip irrigation, as well as washing cars. (Note: this does not apply to those who have a stand-alone well for irrigation, but does apply to all Brunswick County Public Utilities customers.)
Brunswick County, Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, a repair contractor and other partners are currently assessing several options to repair the leak in the line, after the delivery of materials and concerns from the contractor regarding methodology. The line will likely not be fixed until sometime next week.
To ensure that the water supply is able to meet medical needs and drinking water supplies, all utility customers are strongly encouraged to take additional steps to eliminate any unnecessary water usage, like taking short showers instead of baths, only running full dishwashers or washing machines instead of running partial loads, and turning off the tap while brushing teeth. Please note that the quality of the water is not affected, and there is not a boil water advisory in place; rather, customers are being required to reduce the amount of water they are using.
The raw water main owned by the Lower Cape Fear Water and Sewer Authority that carries raw water from the Kings Bluff Raw Water Pump Station to the County-owned Northwest Water Treatment Plant and others originally broke Thursday, resulting in flooding in the area near the main break.
The Water Emergency Ordinance is viewable at https://www.municode.com/library/nc/brunswick_county/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTICOOR_CH1-13WAWASU_ARTVWAEMOR. Those who have questions should contact 910-253-5383.