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CFPUA: Voluntary water conservation advisory for parts of New Hanover County [Free]

Water utilities throughout the region are adding water restrictions to deal with drought conditions. Burn bans are also in effect at the state and local level. (Port City Daily photo / Benjamin Schachtman)
Prolonged hot, dry weather has increased the demand for water, especially for irrigation. (Port City Daily photo / Benjamin Schachtman)

WILMINGTON — The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority is asking customers in southern New Hanover County to voluntarily conserve water, as the prolonged stretch of extreme heat and dry weather is taxing the authority’s supplies.

CFPUA is implementing the voluntary water conservation advisory starting Wednesday, July 22, at 5 p.m. for the Monterey Heights water system, which serves Monterey Heights, Woodlake, Laurel Ridge, South Myrtle Grove, Sentry Oaks, Deer Crossing, Lord’s Creek and Veteran’s Park areas. It will be in effect until further notice.

While the advisory is voluntary, continued levels of high-demand paired with hot, dry weather could lead to mandatory restrictions.

“To ensure enough supply for essential uses such as fire protection and medical services and to avoid the need for mandatory restrictions, CFPUA is asking customers served by the Monterey Heights System to take steps to reduce their water use,” according to CFPUA.

CFPUA is asking customers to limit water use, including avoiding filling pools and washing cars; the authority suggests commercial car washes, which recycle water.

CFPUA is also asking customers to abide by the following suggested limitations for lawn and landscape irrigation:

  • No irrigation on Mondays.
  • Odd-numbered addresses (e.g., 1001 Main St.): Only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
    • Automatic spray irrigation: Only between midnight and 6 a.m.
    • Hose-end sprinklers: 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Even-numbered addresses (e.g., 1002 Main St.): Only on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays
    • Automatic spray irrigation: Only between midnight and 6 a.m.
    • Hose-end sprinklers: 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. to 10 a.m.

Other steps to use water wisely include:

  • Don’t run water while brushing teeth.
  • Only run clothes and dishwashers when full.
  • Limit showers to five minutes.

Find even more tips on CFPUA’s water conservation page.

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