Leland’s Voluntary Water Conservation Alert to Remain in Place

As holiday weekend approaches, residents and visitors are asked to keep water usage in mind

An anticipated return of hot, dry conditions and an increased influx of vacationers to the area have prompted the Town of Leland to continue its declaration of an immediate water shortage. The Town urges residents and visitors to voluntarily practice conservation measures over the Fourth of July holiday weekend and throughout the summer.

The County’s Stage I Water Conservation Alert, issued on May 28, remains in place for all customers of the public water system, including wholesale customers, such as the Town of Leland. The Town adopted its Stage I Water Conservation Alert in late May to help the County ensure adequate water is available for essential needs.

Under a Stage 1 alert, water system customers are requested to make voluntary adjustments to their water usage to appreciably reduce peak demands. A unified approach to county-wide voluntary water reductions may help to avoid mandatory restrictions in the event that drought conditions do not lessen.

Residents and visitors are reminded to practice the following tips whenever possible:

  • Address any non-essential needs outside the peak demand hours of 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., preferably waiting until after nightfall.
  • Limit the use of clothes washers and dishwashers. Use disposable and biodegradable dishes when possible.
  • Do not leave faucets running while shaving, brushing teeth, rinsing or preparing food.
  • Keep drinking water in a container in the refrigerator instead of running water from a faucet until it is cool.
  • Bathe using a shower rather than in a bathtub and limit showers to no more than five minutes.
  • Do not fill new (or empty) swimming or wading pools. Top off existing swimming pools from dusk until dawn.
  • Cover pool and spas when not in use to prevent evaporation.
  • Limit vehicle washing and use commercial car washes that recycle water.
  • Inspect and repair all faulty and defective parts of faucets and toilets.
  • Install water-saving showerheads and devices in toilets, such as early closing flappers.
  • Limit the hours you run water-cooled air conditioners.
  • Do not water pavement and impervious surfaces, and do not spray off sidewalks, driveways or patios.
  • Avoid overwatering of yards. One inch of water per week in the summer will keep most types of grass healthy.
  • Install rain shut-off devices on automatic sprinkler systems.
  • Follow the recommended irrigation schedule to even out system demands: odd address numbers – Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday; even address numbers – Wednesday, Friday and Sunday; and no irrigation on Monday.
  • Keep shrubbery watering at a minimum and outside the peak demand hours. Use drip irrigation systems in shrubbery beds and around trees to prevent water loss through evaporation.
  • Use abundant mulch around trees and shrubs to retain moisture.
  • Plant drought-tolerant grasses, trees and plants.
  • Adjust your mower height to a higher setting to retain moisture.

Residents will be notified if any other conservation measures are needed and when conditions dictate that restrictions are no longer required.