WILMINGTON — All customers of Cape Fear Public Utility Authority will be under water restrictions starting Sunday until further notice.
According to a press release from Friday, “Continued lack of significant rain and hot weather are driving record demand on all three of CFPUA’s drinking-water systems. Staff already have added emergency wells to increase capacity and taken steps to optimize our systems. CFPUA-wide water restrictions are being enacted to help ensure water is available for all customers and for essential services such as fire protection.”
About 23=9,000 CFPUA customers served by the Richardson Water Treatment Plant were already issued stage-one restrictions on Thursday.
“We’ve taken what steps we can at this point to try to keep up with the unprecedented demand for water we’ve been experiencing over the last week,” CFPUA Executive Director Jim Flechtner said. “Calls for voluntary conservation have not been adequate to curb usage, particularly for landscape irrigation, and current weather forecasts don’t call for significant rain anytime soon. If we all follow the mandatory restrictions outlined in Stage 1, that should help dial back demand to the point where we won’t have to contemplate even stricter measures.”
Stage-1 restrictions include several requirements for irrigation as seen in the chart below.