WILMINGTON — After announcing the potential of running out of fuel to operate the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority has found a source of fuel to keep water flowing for customers.
According to a press release, “The New Hanover Emergency Operations Center has identified a source of fuel for the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority. We are working to supply our equipment and generators quickly. There is no immediate threat to water service disruption. We believe that this is a reliable supply that should last us through the duration of the recovery process after Hurricane Florence.
“In an abundance of caution, we issued a statement asking CFPUA customers to fill bathtubs and/or containers in the event we did not get needed fuel. CFPUA received several comments and suggestions. Every lead has been helpful and we appreciate your response and help,” the release concluded.
Pender County Utilities is urging residents to conserve water usage or risk the water provider ending services – also due to a shortage of fuel.
“We are in critical need of diesel fuel to keep our water facility on NC 210 pumping water to the Hampstead area,” said Randell Woodruff, county manager in a press release. “We are exploring every avenue to find a fuel source and access to the facility. However, if we do not get the needed fuel within the next 48-hours, we will not be able to continue water service for public health and safety such as fire suppression and other life-sustaining activities. Also, our customers will be without drinking water.”
Pender County Emergency Management will post updates on the Facebook page at facebook.com/penderem and on the website.
If you need assistance call the EM office at 910- 259-1210.
Low pressure throughout the county can be expected according to a Brunswick County statement regarding its water customers.
“The water consumers of Brunswick County Public Utilities located along George II Highway, all of Boiling Spring Lakes, all of St. James, all of the Southport area, all of the Caswell Beach area and all of the Long Beach Road area are experiencing low pressure starting the morning of September 16, 2018. The low pressure was caused by mainline breaks in the system caused by Hurricane Florence and the subsequent flooding. Periods of low or no pressure in the distribution system increases the potential for back siphonage and introduction of bacteria into the water system, according to the statement.
“Therefore, Brunswick County Public Utilities and the Division of Water Resources advises that consumers boil all water used for human consumption (including drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation) or use bottled water,” the release concluded.