CFPUA asks for voluntary water restrictions Thursday
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The last time the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority called for voluntary water use restrictions, it ended in a weekend-long water emergency. It's asked customers in the northern part of New Hanover County to limit water use again later this week hoping this time things go a lot better.

It's not mandatory, but the CFPUA is asking customers to voluntarily turn off their sprinklers and take shorter showers Thursday.

"I get to not do laundry for the day," Danielle Brown, who lives in Ogden, said. "Aside from that, I do water my grass daily, but we'll cut that for the day and just kind of go to help with the cause."

The CFPUA will repair the brand new Nano-Filtration Water Treatment Facility from 3 to 7 p.m.

"Approximately a month ago when we had some severe storms in the area and actually one of the panels at this facility was struck by lightning. So we're going to have to go and do a complete electrical shutdown so they can get in and repair some of the electrical panels," CFPUA spokeswoman Carey Ricks said.

Only certain areas of the county are being asked to comply: Murrayville, Castle Hayne, Kings Grant, Porters Neck, Ogden, West Bayshore, Walnut Hills and Wrightsboro.

Unlike the last voluntary conservation that resulted in a water main break and boil water advisory, Ricks says customers should not see much of a difference from their usual service.

"They shouldn't expect any changes in their service," she said. "Worse case scenario we might see some difference in pressure other than what they're accustomed to."

If everything goes as planned, normal water consumption will resume Friday.

Many business and homeowners we talked with wanted to know why they had not heard anything about the voluntary restrictions before today. The Utility Authority says in addition to letting the media know, it sent out text messages and e-mail alerts and posted the information on their website. You can sign up to get online alerts directly from www.CFPUA.org

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Only candidate who has stood against this waste from beginning was Brian Berger. If we look at ABC and CFPUA- we realize that Causey is just more of the same and Butler is a tax and spend Democrat-who has gone from group to group changing her story depending on audience.
Republicans offer a much better choice-and we all should see the need for change---others yak-Berger had the courage to take a stand -he is much better choice if we get off our hands and vote for change.

I kniow what you mean by earlier comment--I saw Butler at liberal group meeting one night and then heard her at Big Talker-a conservative station--and she was directly taking contardictory positions-some of her supporters have begun to question other candidates---perhaps she should look in her own closet before she has surrogates attack others.

I will voluntarily cut my water use if they will voluntarily cut my water bill. Until then, get lost.

Let's get our 3 million gallons back out of the river and water our yards,and wash our cars 1st before there are limits. We payed for the treatment of that water. They got the break,we did'nt.

CFPUA needs to be dismantled. County commissioners will get much grief over this outfit that continues to shake down the citizens of New Hanover County with their outrageous rates.

That is interesting considering I live in Churchill Estates where CFPUA is in charge of the cleanup of quite a few sewage spills and after using a fire hydrant yesterday they unhooked the hose and let water run from the hydrant all night. WWAY, please do an investigative report on what they are doing in this neighborhood, why it is taking so long, who is in charge, how much it is costing and who is paying for it. My understanding is that the lines were replaced about 10 years ago and apparently a contractor was used that didn't know what they were doing and now we are having to redo all the work they did. Are the previous contractors being held responsible???

I will voluntarily cut my water use if the cfpua board will voluntarily resign.

Ditto and Amen guesty.