CFPUA And Kure Beach Call For Water Conservation

CFPUA And Kure Beach Call For Water Conservation

CFPUA And Kure Beach Call For Water Conservation

By / Local News / Tuesday, 11 June 2019 16:13

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

UPDATE: Following publication deadline, CFPUA lifted the Stage 1 notice and continues to encourage water conservation.

NEW HANOVER CTY - The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) and the Town of Kure Beach are urging customers to conserve water. While the two government agencies are separate, both are requesting people reduce water use due to abnormally dry conditions in the New Hanover County area.

According CFPUA, as of Monday, June 10th, all CFPUA customers remain under a Stage 1 Water Conservation Advisory.

According to a notice from CFPUA, "Recent rains, somewhat cooler weather, and efforts by customers to follow the advisory’s irrigation restrictions continue to result in diminished demands on CFPUA’s drinking water systems. As of Monday, June 10, however, data from the National Weather Service indicated the Wilmington area this year has received less than two-thirds of the rain it normally sees between January 1 and June 9."

According to the North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council, the Cape Fear Region is experiencing "moderate drought"

According to CFPUA, these  conditions are among the factors they consider when determining whether water-use restrictions are necessary.

A notice from CFPUA stated, "CFPUA-wide water restrictions are enacted to help ensure water is available for all customers and for essential services such as fire protection. CFPUA staff continue to monitor conditions and will update the advisory level as warranted."

A Stage 1 Advisory includes several restrictions on irrigation. The chart above outlines irrigation restrictions under conservation stages, with the current Stage 1 restrictions outlined in red. Note that your irrigation schedule depends on your service address. EVEN house numbers (e.g. 1010 Main St.) may irrigate on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. ODD house numbers (e.g. 1011 Main St.) may irrigate on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

On days when irrigation is permitted for your address, installed sprinkler systems may be operated from midnight to 6 a.m. and hose-end sprinklers from 6-10 a.m.

The Town of Kure Beach implemented a Stage One Water Shortage Response Plan on June 5th. According to Kure Beach officials, due to a lack of significant rain and consistent with county guidance from Cape Fear Public Utility, they are asking for the publics assistance in voluntarily conserving water. Ways that you may help are:

• Limit car washing to the minimum;
• Limit lawn and garden watering to that which is necessary for plants to survive;
• Do not wash down outside areas such as sidewalks, patios, parking lots, service bays or aprons, etc.;
• Do not leave faucets running while shaving or rinsing dishes;
• Water shrubbery to the minimum required reusing household water when possible;
• Limit use of clothes washers and dish washers and when used, operate fully loaded;
• Use showers for bathing, rather than bathtub and try to limit showers to no more than four minutes;
• Limit flushing of toilets by multiple usages;
• Use of disposable and biodegradable dishes;
• Use flow restrictive and water saving devices;
• Limit hours of operation of water-cooled air conditioners.

For more info, call the Town of Kure Beach at 910-458-8216. For CFPUA customers, call 910-332-6550. At this time, Carolina Beach has not implemented a similar plan.

CFPUA Chart For Stage 1

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