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Water restrictions expanded


NEW HANOVER COUNTY -- In an effort to continue conservation of precious drinking water supplies, the New Hanover County Water and Sewer District has extended its Conservation Alert to all customers outside the city limits of Wilmington. North Carolina’s statewide drought shows no immediate signs of relief.

Water customers in the Airport Water System are under Stage 2 Mandatory Water Conservation Measures. The Airport Water System purchases water from the city of Wilmington which imposed mandatory restrictions last month. Water and Sewer District water customers in the New Hanover County, Kings Grant, Flemington and Monterey Heights water systems should obey the following Stage 1 water conservation measures:

  • Properties with even-numbered addresses may irrigate lawns between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m., Mondays and Thursdays. Properties with odd-numbered addresses may irrigate between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m., Tuesdays and Fridays.
  • Watering lawns, shrubbery, trees, flower and vegetable gardens by hand-held hose, container, or drip irrigation system is permitted at any time. A person who regularly sells plants will be permitted to use water on their commercial stock. State, county and city licensed landscape contractors may water by hand held hose or drip irrigation any plants under a written warranty.

In addition to the irrigation restrictions, residents should always use water wisely by following these conservation practices:

  • Inspect and repair all faulty and defective parts of faucets and toilets.
  • Use the shower for bathing rather than bathtub and limit showers to no more than five minutes.
  • Do not leave faucets running while shaving, brushing teeth, rinsing or preparing food.
  • Limit the use of clothes washers and dishwashers and when used, operate with full loads.
  • Limit vehicle washing.
  • Do not wash down outside areas such as sidewalks, driveways, patios, etc.
  • Install water saving shower heads and other devices.
  • Use disposable and biodegradable dishes where possible.
  • Limit hours of water-cooled air conditioners.
  • Do not fill swimming or wading pools.

This alert does not include the use of private well systems and affects only New Hanover county Water and Sewer District Water Customers. Residents of Wilmington and beach communities and customers of private utility systems should continue to obey local restrictions.

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Water Restrictions

For starters let me state I have no problem conserving water. I have not watered my lawn in a long long time and my cars are covered in a thick layer of dust now. and I have tried to cut down on my water usage as much as possible and obide by the current restrictions. That being said I do have a problem with some of the restrictions. Why is it okay to wash a car at a car wash but not at your house? This makes no sense to me. How come you can not wash your boat? If your house is on fire, is the fire department not going to put it out because of the water restrictions? You have a right to defend your property against destruction. Saltwater is the MOST corrosive substance know to man and if you leave your boat covered in salt it will cause it to deteriorate in a very very short time span. Not to mention the smell coming from the fish box and the blood stains on the deck.

Water and washing cars

If my car gets dirty, I will wash it, not washing your car will damage the paint, I'll don't water my lawn but I will wash my car

water restrictions

The letter I got said no watering of any kind and it was sent by my supplier but was a copy of a state order. WWAY sais alternate days, ok hand watering, etc. But the order from the state does not indicate any outside watering is permissible. And I would like to restrict answers in this site to positive, topic related advice. Two opposing answers to a problem - which applies and did the state puposefully not say hand watering was ok so people would stop but it was not in the order? To see the order, supposedly mailed to all water providers, check out the NC Utilities Commission site and look for Docket number W-100 sub 46.

wilmington water

The intake for the wilmington water is below a dam on the cape fear river. water is running over the top of the dam. The water that flows by wilmington goes to the ocean. I believe the mayor and city council are only worried about damaging the faulty and flawed sewer system!

That's exactly what I said

That's exactly what I said many weeks ago. While the sentiment to conserve water is worthwhile, at this point, with water still running over the dam, our conservation has absolutely zero effect on any water shortages...

Almost right

The intake is "above" the 1st of the Lock & Dams on the Cape Fear River.

Letter from supplier

I just got a letter from my water supplier which is a copy of an order from the NC Utilities Commission that bans all watering of lawns and shrubbery, car washing, washing of buildings, sidewalks, etc. How should I interpret something WWAY says vs. a copy of an order from Raliegh? I called them and got the "run around". What can I do and what can't I do with my water?

water restrictions

i received the same letter that you did. you have to abide by what it says in the letter. period. you have to abide by what your water provider tells you. no washing of cars, no homeowner power washing of houses, boats, etc no washing down of patios, driveways, walkways etc. no filling of pools,ponds or fountains, no running the sprinkler and this is the biggie for most people-you can ONLY water with a HAND HELD hose-you cannot connect it to an ocillilating sprinkler (the kind that goes back and forth or spins around). if things get worse, you can bet there will be municipal authorities going around checking neighborhoods for violators. do you or anyone out there want to pay a hefty fine or have your water disconnected? it is not worth the risk to have a nice green lawn. and thats what will happen if caught. and they have the authority to enforce this for the good of the community. also, please pray for rain. thats what we really need.

use your brain

You answered your own question. If you are not bathing, drinking or washing your dishes or clothes, do not use the water! plain and simple! come on people use some common sense, maybe they should do a story on common sense, since so many people are unable to think for them selves and rely on the media and government to give them direction.

sub genius

use your brain Submitted by Guestettreter (not verified) on 9 November 2007 - 8:15am. You answered your own question. If you are not bathing, drinking or washing your dishes or clothes, do not use the water! plain and simple! come on people use some common sense, maybe they should do a story on common sense, since so many people are unable to think for them selves and rely on the media and government to give them direction. *********************************************************** Well I guess we all are not as smart as you so if the sky fall's and we cant see it and the emergency broad cast system is down we'll just come to your house and party!