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Water notices go to scores of southeastern N.C. users

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WILMINGTON (AP) -- Water districts in two southeastern North Carolina counties have sent more than 100 notices to customers who are using too much water.

New Hanover County and the North Brunswick Sanitary District have told customers they could be eligible for fines if they don't heed new restrictions.

People in New Hanover County who fail to obey will get a $500 fine the first time, a thousand dollars the second and a $1,500 penalty after that.

The county decided last month to ban use of its water for irrigation, washing cars or boats and houses or driveways and filling swimming pools. The action was taken when voluntary restrictions failed.

Officials say overuse of water, especially on lawns, in New Hanover and northern Brunswick counties led to low water pressure and cut supplies.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

PRESS RELEASE: 

(New Hanover County) -- The New Hanover County Water & Sewer District is declaring a stage 2 Water Shortage Mandatory Conservation water use restriction per Sec. 56-42 of New Hanover County Code for the New Hanover County Water System that serves portions of northern New Hanover County.

Should a Stage 2 Mandatory Conservation Alert not be sufficient to protect the District’s water source, a Stage 3 Mandatory Water Danger Conservation Alert will be issued.

The Stage 2 water use restriction is issued because the water system has met the threshold of two consecutive days when water demand has exceeded 90 percent of water production capacity. Areas of the water system are experiencing serious system degradation because of unnecessary demands from users.

This notice affects all New Hanover County Water and Sewer District customers in the area bordered by the following.

  • From North Kerr Ave in Wrightsboro, North to I-140
  • All areas north of Martin Luther King Parkway to Castle Hayne
  • West Side of Market Street from Martin Luther King Parkway to I-140 interchange in Porters Neck.
  • East Side of Market Street from intersection of Bayshore Drive to New Hanover / Pender County Line. During the declared Stage 2 water emergency customers are prohibited from:
  • Watering lawns, grass, shrubbery, trees, flower and vegetable gardens except by hand held hose, container, or drip irrigation system. A person who regularly sells 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.

In addition, commercial and industrial water customers shall achieve mandatory reductions in water usage through whatever means are available. A minimum reduction of 20 percent shall be the target. However a greater target reduction percentage may be required depending on the severity of the water emergency. Compliance with the reduction target shall be determined by the county manager or his authorized representative.

Variances to the target reduction may be granted by the county manager or his authorized representative to designated public health facilities. Violators of the mandatory restrictions may be assessed civil penalties up to $1500 and subject to a misdemeanor per Section 56-45 of New Hanover County Code.

In addition, water service may be temporarily or permanently discontinued per Section 56-46. This alert does not preclude the use of private well systems and affects only New Hanover County Water and Sewer District Water Customers in the listed area.

 

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