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Water supply at critical level, mandatory restrictions underway

The scene of the water main break. (Source: CFPUA) The scene of the water main break. (Source: CFPUA)
Repairs won't likely be completed until next week. (Source: CFPUA) Repairs won't likely be completed until next week. (Source: CFPUA)
A photo of the water line break. (Source: CFPUA via Brunswick Co. Public Utilities) A photo of the water line break. (Source: CFPUA via Brunswick Co. Public Utilities)
(WECT) -

Mandatory water restrictions have been issued to Cape Fear Public Utility Authority customers as the result of a water line break. 

According to CFPUA, the break is resulting in the loss of 12.5 million gallons of the overall water supply for Brunswick County, CFPUA and Pender County.

“We must come together as a community to make sure we all continue to have a water supply that provides the essential services we count on every day,” said Jim Flechtner, CFPUA Executive Director. 

CFPUA will begin working with local law enforcement to make sure customers are complying with the restrictions.

The mandatory restrictions cover the following uses and are subject to a fine schedule:

  • All irrigation system use is prohibited;
  • All hose and sprinkler use is prohibited;
  • Approved large commercial, industrial, institutional irrigation systems, and golf courses;
  • Hand-held hoses;
  • Drip irrigation is prohibited;
  • New lawn/landscape establishment permits are no longer issued;
  • Commercial vehicles washing is allowed ONLY to ensure proper functioning and safe operation of the vehicles;
  • Residential vehicle washing is prohibited;
  • Fountains, artificial waterfalls, misting machines, reflecting pools, ornamental ponds use is prohibited, except for the need to maintain aquatic life; and
  • All other non-essential use, leaks, or witnessed water waste.

Indoor restrictions are as follows:

  • Use water only as necessary.  Instead of baths, take showers.  Make those showers short in length.
  • Do not waste water.  Turn it off when it is not directly in use, like while brushing teeth, washing hands, and washing dishes.
  • Dishwashers and washing machines should only be used when loads are full.
  • If possible, limit flushing of toilets.  

The fine schedule is as follows:

  • A first offense results in a warning that is recorded;
  • Subsequent offenses are subject to civil penalties of up to $500 per violation, per day;
  • If civil penalties are not successful in addressing the violation or violations, then termination of service will occur. 

Water quality is not an issue at this time and is still okay for consumption.

Water quality is NOT an issue at this time; the quality of CFPUA’s drinking water has not been affected.  The break involved a major raw water line, not a line supplying treated drinking water to customers.  However, if the level of water in the system drops to a less than manageable level, then a precautionary boil water advisory (PBWA) may be issued for the portion of our system served by the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant.

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