Leland Issues Voluntary Water Conservation Alert

In accordance with its Water Shortage Response Plan and in keeping with Brunswick County’s Water Emergency Ordinance, the Town of Leland has issued a declaration of an immediate water shortage and implemented voluntary conservation measures for customers.

In response to ongoing drought conditions for our area, as well as an increase in water demand due to beach vacationers, Brunswick County issued a Stage I Water Conservation Alert on May 28. All customers of a public water system anywhere in Brunswick County are affected by Water Conservation Alerts, including wholesale customers, such as the Town of Leland.

The Town of Leland has adopted its Stage I Water Conservation Alert 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. Since irrigation demands represent the bulk of non-essential water use, one way customers can reduce water usage is to limit irrigation.

A unified approach to county-wide voluntary water reductions may help to avoid mandatory restrictions in the event that drought conditions do not lessen.

Tips for reducing water usage are listed below.

  1. 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.
  2. Avoid overwatering of yards. 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 one inch of water, place straight-edged cans at different distances from your sprinkler and time how long it takes to for each can to collect an average of one inch of water. Water occasionally, but deeply to encourage deeper rooting that makes grass more drought/heat tolerant.
  3. Install rain shut-off devices on automatic sprinkler systems.
  4. Do not water pavement and impervious surfaces, and do not spray off sidewalks, driveways or patios.
  5. Follow the recommended irrigation schedule to even out system demands:
  6. Odd address numbers: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
  7. Even address numbers: Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
  8. No irrigation on Monday.
  9. 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.
  10. Use abundant mulch around trees and shrubs to retain moisture.
  11. Plant drought-tolerant grasses, trees and plants.
  12. Adjust your mower height to a higher setting to retain moisture.
  13. Limit the use of clothes washers and dishwashers. When used, operate fully loaded and outside of the peak demand hours of 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., preferably after nightfall.
  14. Limit vehicle washing and use commercial car washes that recycle water.
  15. Bathe using a shower rather than in a bathtub and limit showers to no more than five minutes.
  16. Inspect and repair all faulty and defective parts of faucets and toilets. Pay attention to dripping sounds.
  17. Do not leave faucets running while shaving, brushing teeth, rinsing or preparing food.
  18. Install water-saving showerheads and other water conservation devices. Install water-saving devices in toilets such as early closing flappers.
  19. Limit the hours you run 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 when possible.

The Stage 1 Water Conservation Alert does not affect the use of private groundwater wells or those using highly treated reclaimed wastewater, such as golf courses.

Also, please note that this is not a water quality advisory; it 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.