Folks in the northern part of New Hanover County better hope for rain soon. The county declared a Stage 2 Water Shortage Mandatory Conservation water use restriction Thursday. The county says it issued the restriction because water demand has exceeded 90 percent of water production capacity for two consecutive days. Violators can be fined up to $1,500 and be charged with a misdemeanor.
The restriction affects all New Hanover County Water and Sewer District water customer in the area bordered by the following:
- From North Kerr Avenue in Wrightsboro north to I-140
- All areas north of Martin Luther King Parkway to Castle Hayne
- West side of Market Street from MLK to I-140 interchange in Porters Neck
- East side of Market Street from intersection of Bayshore Drive to the Pender County line
During the Stage 2 water emergency, the following is prohibited:
- Watering lawns, grass, shrubbery, trees, flowers and vegetable gardens except by hand-held hose, container or drip irrigation system. A person who regularly seels plants will be permitted to use water on their commercial stock. A golf course may water their greens. State, county and city licensed landscape contractors may water by hand-held hose or drip irrigation any plants under a written warranty.
- Filling swimming or wading pools, either newly constructed or previously drained. Make up water for pools in operation will be allowed.
- Using water-cooled air conditioners or other equipment in which cooling water is not recycled, unless there are health or safety concerns.
- Washing any type of mobile equipment including cars, trucks, trailers, boats or airplanes. Any persons involved in a business of washing motor vehicles may continue to operate.
- Washing outside surfaces such as streets, driveways, service station aprons, parking lots or patios.
- Washing the exterior of office buildings, homes or apartments.
- Using water for any ornamental fountain, pool, pond, etc.
- Serving drinking water in food establishments such as restaurants or cafeterias, unless requested to do so by a customer.
- Using water from a public or private fire hydrant for any reason other than to suppress a fire or other public emergency or as authorized by the county manager or his authorized representative.
- Using water to control or compact dust.
- Intentionally wasting water.