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Brunswick County to crackdown on water restriction violators

(Source: CFPUA) (Source: CFPUA)

Officials said they are cracking down on Brunswick County Public Utilities customers who are not following mandatory water restrictions after a water main break is causing a strain to the county's water supply.

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 in Riegelwood to the county-owned Northwest Water Treatment Plant and others originally broke Thursday, resulting in flooding in the area near the main break. 

As crews work to repair the water main break, officials said it is critical that water usage by all customers be decreased.

Brunswick County Public Utilities customers are prohibited from any type of irrigation, including irrigation systems, hand watering, and drip irrigation, as well as washing cars. 

These restrictions do not apply to residents who have their own private wells.

Brunswick County, Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, a repair contractor and others are currently assessing several options to repair the leak in the line, after the delivery of materials and concerns from the contractor regarding methodology. The line will likely not be fixed until sometime next week. 

To ensure that the water supply is able to meet medical needs and drinking water supplies, all utility customers are strongly encouraged to take additional steps to eliminate any unnecessary water usage, like taking short showers instead of baths, only running full dishwashers or washing machines instead of running partial loads, and turning off the tap while brushing teeth.

Officials said the quality of the water is not affected, and there is no boil water advisory in place, rather, customers are being required to reduce the amount of water they are using.

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