Brunswick County Enters Stage One Water Conservation Alert

*6/13/19 UPDATE*

A Stage 1 Water Conservation Alert is still in place for all customers of any Brunswick County public water system. Although there has been some relief, hot, dry conditions are expected to return as we get into the summer season and the demand for water will continue to rise. Recent rainfall and voluntary conservation efforts have reduced system demand; still Brunswick County has yet to reach its peak demand period associated with the July 4th holiday. We will continue to assess the need for the Water Conservation Alert as the summer season progresses.

Thank you for your continued efforts to conserve water and to use it wisely.  



*6/6/19 UPDATE*

A Stage 1 Water Conservation Alert was instituted for all customers of any Brunswick County public water system on May 28, 2019, due to record water demand caused by excessive temperatures, lack of rain, and an increased number of visitors to Brunswick County.  As a result of customers’ voluntary conservation measures combined with a break in the drought conditions, water demand has been reduced to more manageable levels.  We thank you for your efforts to conserve water and to use it wisely.  Although there has been some relief in the past week, hot, dry conditions are expected to return as we get into the summer season (June 21st) and the demand for water will continue to rise.  Therefore, the Stage 1 Water Conservation Alert will remain in force.  The conservation measures that customers have made voluntarily have had an impact in reducing water demands and we will need to continue these measures into the summer months.  Please continue to use water wisely.  We request that you continue to irrigate during off-peak time periods according to the schedule below.  If you have a water-intensive activity (power-washing, topping off swimming pools) please do these during off-peak hours or schedule during overcast, rainy days when water demand is typically less.  If there is a significant increase in water demand requiring amplified attention, we will provide notification through the media, our Web site, and by sending emergency messages via telephone.  Additional information can be found at or by calling 910-253-2657.


On Tuesday, May 28th, H2GO received the following notice from Brunswick County Public Utilities: 

”Bolivia, NC – Brunswick County thanks the users of public water systems throughout the county for using water wisely over the Memorial Day weekend and asks public water system users to continue to be diligent in using water wisely. Drought conditions are expected to continue for the foreseeable weather forecast and water demands are expected to increase as vacationers visit Brunswick County beaches. Demand for water over the Memorial Day weekend exceeded 90% of the available production and distribution capacity. To ensure adequate water is available for essential needs, Brunswick County has declared a Stage 1 Water Conservation Alert effective immediately. 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.


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. (A peak demand of 80% of system production and distribution capacity being targeted). Irrigation demands represent the bulk of non- essential water use, so 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.”


Specific ways to reduce water usage during H2GO’s stage one water alert are as follows:


  • Inspect and repair all faulty and defective parts of faucets and toilets.
  • Use shower for bathing rather than bathtub and limit shower to no more than five (5) minutes.
  • Do not leave faucets running while shaving, brushing teeth, rising or preparing food.
  • Limit the use of clothes washers and dishwashers and when used, operate fully loaded. Operate dishwashers after the peak demand hours of 6:00pm to 10:00pm.
  • Limit lawn watering to that necessary for plant survival. Water lawns before the peak demand hours of 6:00am to 10:00am.
  • Water shrubbery the minimum required. Water shrubbery before the peak demand hours of 6:00am to 10:00am.
  • Limit vehicle washing to a minimum.
  • Do not wash down outside areas such as sidewalks, driveways, patios, etc.
  • Install water saving showerheads and other water conservation devices.
  • Use disposable and biodegradable dishes where possible.
  • Install water saving devices in toilets such as early closing flappers.
  • Limit hours of water cooled air conditioners.
  • Do not fill swimming or wading pools.


Also, this is not a water quality advisory; this 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.


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