Monday, March 4, 2024

Brunswick County in State of Emergency due to water situation; warns water shortages possible

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — A State of Emergency has been declared in Brunswick County after attempts to temporary fix a broken water main this week did not work.

Water conservation measures are imperative for all public water users in Brunswick County, according to a release issued by the county on Wednesday. Crews worked until 1 a.m. Wednesday in an attempt to temporarily fix the broken water main with a band sleeve, but the fix was not successful.

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 broke last Thursday.

“It appears the county’s risk of running out of water has increased substantially.’ — Brunswick County announcement

Since the 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.

“The county’s water situation is no better than before,” the county noted in the Wednesday release. “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 Wednesday to initiate the permanent repair.

“It appears the county’s risk of running out of water has increased substantially,” the county also noted in the release. “County water levels did go down some during the attempted repair, though crews will try to restore them Wednesday.”

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The county expects crews to begin repairs to the line Friday evening, with work continuing throughout the weekend, when the demand is lower and the schools will not be impacted.

At this time, the county asks all utility customers to adhere to the mandatory water restrictions. Outdoor use of public water is prohibited. This includes irrigation and car washing, but does not include commercial car washing.

The Village of Bald Head Island has utilized other water resources, and is not using wholesale water from Brunswick County Public Utilities. The restrictions on the use of public water do not apply to Bald Head Island customers.

To read the Water Emergency Ordinance click here.


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