BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – Residents in all areas of Brunswick County are required to take steps to decrease water usage effective immediately following damage to a water line, according to a news release from the county.
The raw water main owned by the Lower Cape Fear Water and Sewer Authority that carries raw water from the Kings Bluff Raw Water Pump Station to the county-owned Northwest Water Treatment Plant and others broke today resulting in flooding in the area near the main break. Crews had to temporarily shut down pumps at Kings Bluff to stop the leak and lower the water level so they could get to the break and determine the cause of the pipe failure. While repairs are underway, the pumps will need to be shut down to let crews to access the break and perform repairs, which may take several days.
A county spokeswoman says she does not know at this point if the water line break is due in any way to flooding from Hurricane Matthew. The pump station, though, is located near Lock and Dam No. 1 on the Cape Fear River. That area has been under water since the storm.
While Brunswick County Public Utilities has taken steps to minimize the impact that shutting down the pumps will have, including opening pumps connecting to other water utility providers through mutual aid agreements, all residents are required to take steps to conserve water until repairs are completed and the pumps can be restarted.
Outdoor irrigation and car washing are banned. This includes watering lawns, grass, shrubbery, trees and flowers. Restaurants may only serve non-bottled (tap) water to patrons upon request. First offenses for violations may results in a written warning, while second offenses will result in a $100 fine, third offenses will result in a $300 fine, and fourth offenses will result in disconnection of water service.
Residents are also encouraged to take additional measures to reduce water consumption, such as taking showers instead of baths and only running full loads in dishwashers or washing machines.
Residents will be notified when repairs are complete and restrictions are no longer required. Residents who have questions should contact (910) 253-2657 or (910) 253-2680.