BOLIVIA, NC – The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority announced the completion of a bypass for the waterline that ruptured nearly two weeks ago, but water conservation remains a priority.
The bypass completed today reconnects the Kings Bluff Pump Station to several treatments plants in the Cape Fear area. However, the CFPUA is emphasizing that the bypass is only a temporary measure as it does not carry the full volume of the original waterline. Brunswick County has been placed under a voluntary Stage 1 Water Emergency, with the goal of reducing water usage by at least 10 percent.
While the ban on car-washing and lawn watering is now lifted, residents are asked to limit water usage where possible.
Suggestions for reduction include replacing baths with showers, limiting lawn watering to the “minimum necessary for plant survival,” as well as refraining from running dishwashers and washing machines during high-use hours (6-10am and 6-10pm). Residents should strongly consider waiting until emergency is lifted before filling swimming pools or hot tubs.
The Stage 1 Water Emergency will last until the water main is repaired and the bypass can be taken offline. Contractors have already begun work and Brunswick County expects the repairs to take between seven to ten days.
Read the full County water ordinance – with specific suggestions for water reduction – here. See footage of the CFPUA’s completed bypass below.