Stage 1 – Water Conservation Alert – UPDATE
Bolivia, NC – A Stage 1 Water Conservation Alert remains in effect. Based on the ongoing hot weather that tends to elevate water demand, this Water Conservation Alert will remain in effect through the month of July and into August when it will be re-evaluated. Please continue to use water wisely; your water conservation is having a positive impact.

Residents who have questions should contact their water service provider directly or Brunswick County Public Utilities at 910-253-2657. Additional information can be found at <>.

All customers of a public water system anywhere in Brunswick County are affected by Water Conservation Alerts.  Brunswick County Public Utilities provides water service in unincorporated portions of Brunswick County as well as the following communities:  Boiling Spring Lakes, Bolivia, Calabash, Carolina Shores, Caswell Beach, Sandy Creek, St. James, Sunset Beach, and Varnamtown.  Customers of other utilities such as Bald Head Island, Brunswick Regional – H2GO (Belville), Holden Beach, Leland, Navassa, Northwest, Oak Island, Ocean Isle Beach, Shallotte, and Southport are under the same restrictions since these utilities receive their water from Brunswick County Public Utilities.

Under a Stage 1 Water Alert, water system customers are requested to make voluntary adjustments to their water usage habits to appreciably reduce peak demands.  (A peak demand of 80% of system production and distribution capacity being targeted).  Irrigation demands represent the bulk of non-essential water use, so a primary way that customers may reduce water usage is to limit irrigation. A unified application of voluntary water reductions by all water system users in Brunswick County may help to avoid mandatory water restrictions in the event drought conditions do not lessen.

Specific ways to reduce water usage are as follows:

  1. Use the following recommended irrigation schedule to even out system demands:
    1. Odd address numbers – Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday
    2. Even address numbers – Wednesday/Friday/Sunday
    3. No irrigation on Mondays
  2. Defer all non-essential water use to outside the peak demand hours of 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m; preferably after nightfall.
  3. Don’t overwater your yard. One inch of water per week in the summer will keep most types of grass healthy.  To determine how long you need to run your sprinkler to provide 1” of water, place straight edged cans at different distances from your sprinkler and time how long it takes to fill an average of 1” of water in each can.  Water occasionally, but deeply to encourage deeper rooting that makes grass more drought/heat tolerant.
  4. Install rain shut-off devices on automatic sprinkler systems.
  5. Don’t water pavement and impervious surfaces.
  6. Limit lawn watering to that necessary for plant survival. Water lawns outside of the peak demand hours of 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m; preferably after nightfall.
  7. Water shrubbery the minimum required. Water shrubbery outside of the peak demand hours of 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Use drip irrigation systems in shrubbery beds and around trees to prevent water loss through evaporation.
  8. Use abundant mulch around trees and shrubs to retain moisture.
  9. Plant drought-tolerant grasses, trees, and plants.
  10. Adjust mower height to a higher setting to retain moisture.
  11. Limit the use of clothes washers and dishwashers and when used, operate fully loaded. Operate dishwashers outside of the peak demand hours of 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m; preferably after nightfall.
  12. Limit vehicle washing to a minimum. Use commercial car washes that recycle water.
  13. Use shower for bathing rather than bathtub and limit shower to no more than five (5) minutes.
  14. Inspect and repair all faulty and defective parts of faucets and toilets. Pay attention to dripping sounds.
  15. Do not leave faucets running while shaving, brushing teeth, rinsing or preparing food.
  16. Do not wash down outside areas such as sidewalks, driveways, patios, etc.
  17. Install water-saving showerheads and other water conservation devices.
  18. Install water-saving devices in toilets such as early closing flappers.
  19. Limit hours of water-cooled air conditioners.
  20. Keep drinking water in a container in the refrigerator instead of running water from a faucet until it is cool.
  21. Do not fill new (or empty) swimming or wading pools. Top off existing swimming pools from dusk until dawn.
  22. Cover pool and spas when not in use to prevent evaporation.
  23. Use disposable and biodegradable dishes where possible.

Please note that this Stage 1 Water Conservation Alert does not affect the use of private groundwater wells or those using highly treated reclaimed wastewater.  (St. James, Winding River, Sea Trail, and Sandpiper Bay golf courses use reclaimed water.  Other golf courses use wells and ponds for irrigation.)  Also, this is not a water quality advisory; this is a water conservation advisory.  There is no need to boil water for potable use unless you receive a Low Pressure Advisory notice for your specific area due to other conditions in the water distribution system.

Residents will be notified if any other conservation measures are needed and when conditions dictate that restrictions are no longer required. Residents who have questions should contact their water service provider directly or Brunswick County Public Utilities at  910-253-2657.  Additional information can be found at <>.




The City has an immediate opening in the Buildings & Grounds Dept. Qualifications for this position include: Experience in mowing, maintaining parks and other city owned area’s, raking, hedging, loading and removing debris.

Education: High School Graduate or GED required, valid NC Driver’s license.

Salary: $ 27,643.00 year plus health insurance and retirement.

Applications available at 1029 N Howe St. or click here. Closing date 5:00 pm August 2, 2019

City of Southport Achieves Pet-Friendly Certification
BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ Program Recognizes First Set of Certified Cities

Southport, NC July 09. 2019 – Today, the City of Southport received the official BETTER CITY FOR PETS™ certification, as part of the Mars Petcare BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program, showcasing its commitment to creating a pet-friendly community. More people than ever view pets as members of the family, and with 85 million pet-households in the United States, City of Southport is on the forefront of creating a vibrant community where pets are not only welcome but thrive.

The City of Southport is proud of our community’s achievements, rich and diverse heritage, and potential for the future. Our Animal Protective Services strives to provide quality service and education to all residents and visitors while ensuring the humane treatment of animals in a culture of compassion and integrity.

“On behalf of the city of the City of Southport, we are honored to receive the BETTER CITY FOR PETS™ certification to showcase the great work we’ve done to allow more people to enjoy the benefits of life with their pets. With the help and support of our passionate local residents, we’ve seen how small steps such as the support of a Community Cat Program, along with a pet-friendly downtown area, have made an impact in our own backyard.”

In January, Mars Petcare launched the BETTER CITY FOR PETS™ certification, an extension of the BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program which works with local government, businesses and non-profits to help communities make four-legged friends welcome. The certification, created in partnership with urban-planning organization, Civic Design Center, evaluates cities based on 12 traits of pet-friendly cities across four categories: businesses, parks, shelters and homes. Applicants that received a certification demonstrated their commitment to creating a pet-friendly community and fostering the well-being of all citizens and pet companions.

“We established the BETTER CITY FOR PETS™ certification to celebrate cities that are creating positive and welcoming environments for people and their pets and encourage more cities to recognize the benefits of our four-legged friends,” said Jam Stewart, Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Mars Petcare. “We’re excited to announce the inaugural group of certified cities and look forward to continuing this progress with The BETTER CITIES FOR PETS program.”

To learn more about how to get involved in this initiative, and for the full list of BETTER CITY FOR PETS™ certification recipients please visit

City of Southport Tourism Department Information Specialist
Salary Range: $15-17/hour

Distinguishing Features of the Class
Tourism is of crucial importance to this City. It generates significant revenues, provides jobs, supports the community and helps maintain and improve important local assets. An employee in this class is responsible for varied administrative, technology, marketing, and coordinative functions in support of tourism development, public information and crisis management.

Duties and Tasks Essential Duties and Tasks
-Provides administrative support to the Tourism Director.
-Assists administrative officers in planning and formulating policies, strategies, and responses relative to institutional issues and crisis management.
-Work requires strong effective interpersonal communication skills, sound judgment and initiative, creativity, and problem-solving skills.
-Coordinates update and maintenance of City website and social media sites; assists departments with identifying and uploading updates; coordinates with website vendor.
-Distributes general communication regarding events, operations, and programs of the City.
-Responds to requests for information from media personnel and the public; distributes promotional materials, including flyers, brochures, and press kits; disseminates information via the appropriate media.
-Assists the Public Information Officer (PIO) administrator with crisis/emergency communications during critical incidents assisting to disseminate vital information to the media and the public both quickly and effectively.
-Work is performed under the regular supervision of the Tourism Director, and is evaluated through observation, conferences, feedback, and the quality and effectiveness of work.
-Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Abilities
-Able to disseminate important information to Southport citizens through a variety of measures.
-Create tourism ads for local and regional publications.
-Create media press releases for events and other tourism activities.
-Assist with developing marketing and informational materials for visitors.
-Skill and experience in communications and graphic design including developing public relations materials, press releases, informational brochures, posters and web related media.
-Knowledge of the Tourism department’s activities and functions, area attractions, restaurants, accommodations, events, functions, etc. is required. Advanced office technology knowledge and skill is also required.
-Skills in handling problem situations in firm, tactful and courteous manner with visiting and telephone callers.
-Ability to balance priorities.

Physical Requirements
-Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of fingering, talking, hearing, and repetitive motions.
-Must be able to perform sedentary work, exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently, or constantly lift, carry, push, pill or otherwise move objects.
-Must possess the visual acuity to prepare and analyze data, do extensive reading, and prepare necessary reports and do research.

Desirable Training and Expertise
-Bachelor’s Degree in marketing, communications, public relations, journalism, or a related field, and five years of relevant experience in the public sector; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.
-The ideal candidate will have outstanding communication skills, both written and verbal. Knowledge of public relations principles; communications principles; city department and division structures; and applicable software applications. Skilled in researching effective communication methods and techniques; maintaining effective working relationships; and providing customer service.

Special Requirement
-Requires a valid NC driver’s license.

Applications available at 1029 N. Howe Street or by clicking here.  Application review will begin July 24, 2019.

The public will take notice that the City of Southport Board of Aldermen will meet on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 3:30 at City Hall, located at 1029 N. Howe Street for the purpose of holding a special informational meeting on the City’s Wastewater Asset Inventory & Assessment Project.

In June of 2017 & 2018, the City received a Wastewater Asset Inventory & Assessment grant totaling $65,000 to map and inventory the City’s Wastewater infrastructure, to evaluate the condition of the infrastructure, and to develop an asset management plan with a capital improvements plan identifying which assets are the highest priority for replacement. The City’s consultant will be presenting the City with the results of the Wastewater AIA Project at this meeting.

If there are any questions on this matter, please contact the City Planner Thomas Lloyd at 910-457-7961 or

The City of Southport does not discriminate on the basis of disability If you need an auxiliary aid or service or other accommodation in order to attend or fully participate at this meeting, please contact the Clerk’s office as far in advance of the meeting as is possible so that your request can be considered.

Thomas Lloyd, City Planner