Stage 2 Water Emergency10/24/2016 9:55:00 AM
Progress continues on water main bypass repairs
Bolivia, NC – As work continues to construct a bypass around the break in a water main providing water for Brunswick County, it remains critical that citizens continue to conserve water.
Crews worked all weekend on the bypass, which will allow water to keep flowing to the Northwest Water Treatment Plant while crews repair the water main. It will also reduce flooding at the site of the break, as some of the water currently flowing through the main leaks from the break in the pipe.
At this time, it looks likely that the bypass will be in place Thursday or Friday. However, Brunswick County remains in a Stage 2 Water Emergency for the time being, and it is critical that citizens continue to conserve water until the bypass is in place and crews are confident in its ability to carry water to the treatment plant.
Crews have worked hard and implemented a number of options to keep water flowing to the Northwest Water Treatment Plant, as well as to ensure water reserves are maintained in the event of an emergency during these repairs. As the amount of water flowing to the plant is reduced, even with these efforts, it remains critical that citizens continue to conserve water and decrease usage until the bypass is completed.
Brunswick County has no plans to turn off water, other than irrigation meters of customers who continue to irrigate despite mandatory restrictions. Outdoor water usage, including irrigation, continues to be prohibited for all public water customers.
Additionally, customers should avoid using water during peak times – like in the mornings before work – as much as possible. Residents should take additional steps to conserve water, like taking short showers instead of baths and only running dishwashers or washing machines when they are full (instead of running partial loads). There is no boil water at this time, and the water is safe to drink.
Residents may see golf courses continuing to irrigate. Golf courses use effluent (reclaimed water) or non-potable water from retention ponds for irrigation. No golf courses in Brunswick County use potable water for irrigation. Commercial car washes can still operate at this time as well; car washes use relatively little water because they recycle the water they use, and are the livelihood for their operators and employees. Closing commercial car washes will not cause much of a decrease in water usage and will diminish their ability to earn a living. Similarly, a person who regularly sells plants is permitted to use water on their commercial stock, and state- and county-licensed landscape contractors may water plants by hand-held hose or drip irrigation under a written warranty. However, when we can no longer provide adequate water to our treatment plant, we will restrict these operations.
Since this water main break affects one of Brunswick County Public Utilities’ sources of water, it affects not only Brunswick County Public Utilities customers but also the customers of utility providers that purchase wholesale water from Brunswick County.
Thank you to all of the utility customers who worked to decrease water usage, and contributed to the 3 million gallon per day decrease in consumption seen to date. Thank you also to the Village of Bald Head Island, which switched entirely to an alternate water source to help relieve demand on the County’s system. The mandatory water restrictions do not apply to customers of Bald Head Island or to those who solely use wells.
Citizens who would like to receive updates about the water main and other emergency notifications can sign up for CodeRED notifications by phone call, text or email at http://www.brunswickcountync.gov/codered.
The Water Emergency Ordinance is viewable at https://www.municode.com/library/nc/brunswick_county/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTICOOR_CH1-13WAWASU_ARTVWAEMOR. For frequently asked questions and more information about the water main break and repairs, visit http://www.brunswickcountync.gov.
Early Voting at Town Hall10/21/2016 2:08:00 PM
Early voting is taking place at Town Hall with a huge turnout.
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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.