Pender County Utilities facing water shortage, conserve now

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BURGAW, NC (WWAY) —  Pender County Utilities urges water consumers to conserve water or the utility will have to end service.

“We are in critical need of fuel to keep our water treatment plant up and running,” said Kenny Keel, Pender County Utilities director.

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Water conservation is critical due to inaccessibility of some of our facilities to replenish fuel supplies to our generators.  Widespread flooding is preventing us from accessing critical pumping stations that deliver water to our tanks in Hampstead and Topsail mainland areas.

“It is important PCU customers conserve water,” said Keel. “We don’t want to shut off our service, but the lack of fuel could force us to interrupt service.”

“We are in critical need of diesel fuel to keep our water facility on NC 210 pumping water to the Hampstead area,” said Randell Woodruff, county manager. “We are exploring every avenue to find a fuel source and access to the facility. However, if we do not get the needed fuel within the next 48-hours, we will not be able to continue water service for public health and safety such as fire suppression and other life-sustaining activities. Also, our customers will be without drinking water.”



“Thank you for your cooperation with this most important public health and safety matter,” said Keel. “The lack of water would hamper fire suppression and other public services.