SOUTHEASTERN, N.C. — June’s showers so far may have provided residents in the area a false sense of relief from the region’s drought conditions. Though the rain has helped utilities some, it didn’t warrant lifting conservation alerts, which remain in place.
Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) and Brunswick County Utilities recently reminded public water consumers conservation measures are still ongoing.
CFPUA’s Stage 1 Water Alert includes mandatory water restrictions; Brunswick County Utilties’ is voluntary.
Thursday afternoon, Brunswick County reminded residents its alert is still active, and on Friday morning, CFPUA did the same. Pender County’s mandatory Stage 3 Alert remains in place. As of Monday, neither Pender County nor CFPUA issued citations for water conservation violations as mandatory restrictions are in place.
Drought conditions continue
So far this month, the region has recorded nearly one-half-inch of rain — 51% less than average, according to the National Weather Service Wilmington. But in just one week, precipitation in June outpaces the month of May, which left the region with 0.63 inches, only 14% the average amount.
That may be a small data set, so consider the season’s numbers; since Jan. 1, the Wilmington region received just 11.76 inches, a 40% departure from normal rain values.
National Weather Service Wilmington predicts showers and thunderstorms will continue through the weekend and into next week.
Mandatory restrictions for CFPUA customers include irrigation schedules that depend on street address. Even addresses are permitted to irrigate on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Odd addresses may irrigate on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
Brunswick County also asks water customers to use its suggested irrigation schedule on a voluntary basis. The county suggests no one irrigate their lawns on Mondays.
Odd addresses in Brunswick County should consider irrigating on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays; Even addresses may irrigate on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
In Pender County, garden and landscape irrigation must be reduced to “the minimum amount necessary for survival,” according to Pender County’s spokesperson. All nonessential water use is banned.