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 <http://www.brunswickcountync.gov/>.

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 <http://www.brunswickcountync.gov/>.

 

 

The Southport DMV Office will be closed during July and August and will reopen in September with their regular schedule.

NC DMV office is located at the Fire Department Substation, 111 E. Nash Street, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the first full week of each month from 9 am – 4:30 pm.

Driver’s License
New drivers must take written, vision, sign and road tests. Bring a certified copy of birth certificate and one other official document showing your age. Out-of-state drivers must take written, vision and sign tests, and possibly a road test, and surrender their old licenses. Proof of liability insurance DL 123 is required for any first time licenses in North Carolina or anyone renewing his license who has had a traffic conviction within the past four years.

Shallotte DMV Office
5300 Main Street
Shallotte, NC 28470
(910) 754-4591 (Registration)
(910) 754-5114 (Drivers License)

For customers  applying for a NC driver’s license or transferring Out-of-State Driver’s License (OSDL), needs to have the following documents:

  • Two forms governmental of ID’s
  • Proof of residency
  • Proof of insurance

For customer applying for NC identification card (ID) needs to have the following documents:

  • Two forms governmental of ID’s
  • Proof of residency

For customers requesting a duplicate of DL or ID card need NOT to have those documents, because they are already in the NC DMV data base.

On November 15, 2018, Waste Industries completed a merger with GFL Environmental. Due to this merger, you may
be wondering what you can expect going forward and we have good news! Our fleet will be getting a fresh coat of paint
and a new logo, but our commitment to you remains our highest priority.

You will still be serviced by the same team of professionals you’ve come to know with your time working with Waste
Industries, maintaining our commitment to a safe, sustainable, and honest service unlike any other in the industry.

• Your local team is the same team you’ve always known, still servicing your account the way we always have.
This means you’ll submit payments the same way, call the same local branch, and have your waste and recycling
collected by the same driver.

• In the future, you’ll see us move to www.gflenv.com, but for the time being we will continue to use
www.wasteindustries.com and we will update you when we are prepared to transition to a new and
improved website.

• All your account details are the same, so you can still log into your online account at www.wasteindustries.com,
use your same account number when you call on your statement, and update your account by calling or going
online as usual.

Over the coming months you’ll see trucks, containers, and uniforms begin to switch to our new colors. We thank you
for bearing with us we move through this transitional period and appreciate your patience.

Should you have any questions or concerns about the transition, please do not hesitate to contact us at the same number
you’ve always used. You can also visit us online at www.gflenv.com to learn more about the history of our new brand.

The public will take notice that the City of Southport Zoning Board of Adjustment will meet on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 4:30 at the Southport Fire Substation, located at 111 E. Nash Street for the purpose of holding a public hearing on:
CUP 19-0614-01

Conditional Use Permit Application, Home Occupation
An Application for a CUP Home Occupation at 122 Park Avenue.

The proposed home occupation is for the applicant to renovate an accessory structure on the property into a certified kitchen. The kitchen will be used as a bakery.

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

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

The City of Southport has partnered with DocuPet to provide an enhanced dog licensing experience. DocuPet specializes in creating and managing pet licensing programs. It’s our job to ensure that every dog in the community is licensed. Once compliant, our program offers additional value to guardians through our HomeSafe™ and Pet Perks Programs.

City of Southport pet tags can now be purchased online via the DocuPet Platform at southport.docupet.com, over the phone with a DocuPet customer service representative, via mailed in form, or in person at Southport City Hall.

Only dogs and cats that reside within the city limits of Southport are required to be licensed.

Annual pet licenses cost $15.00 for spayed or neutered pets, or $25.00 for intact animals.
Licenses are valid for 365 days after purchase.

Top 3 Things for Southport Pet Owners to know:
1. All tags will be mailed from DocuPet’s Syracuse office and should arrive within 10-12 business days. It’s important to ensure pet owners provide their correct address!
2. Dogs and cats should wear their tags at all times – this is key to help getting them home in the event they decide to go on an unsupervised adventure.
3. Completing a pet’s profile is important – this means updating the privacy settings to show more information if a dog is lost or found. If someone finds a pet wearing a DocuPet tag, they can look up the tag and depending on the privacy settings, see their guardian’s information.

If nothing shows up the finder can submit a Found Pet Report and the HomeSafe team will then work with the pet finder and pet owner to get that pet home.

Questions? Please contact the DocuPet Customer Service Team at info@docupet.com or 1-877-239-6072 they will happily answer all your questions.

PUBLIC NOTICE
BRUNSWICK COUNTY PUBLIC UTILITIES DEPARTMENT
ANNUAL CHANGE FROM CHLORAMINES TO CHLORINE

Every year, Brunswick County and the towns, cities, and other utilities that purchase water from Brunswick County, implement an annual flushing program. Public Utilities employees flush the water mains by opening fire hydrants and allowing them to flow freely for a short period of time. The flushing cleans out sediment and allows routine maintenance of the more than 5,000 fire hydrants in the Brunswick County service area. Flushing may result in discoloration and presence of sediment in your water. These conditions are not harmful and are temporary.

During the annual flushing program, a slight change is made in the water treatment process to facilitate an effective flushing program. Throughout the year, combined chlorine (in the form of chloramines), is added to the water as the primary disinfectant. During the annual flushing program, chlorine is added in an uncombined state, commonly referred to as free chlorine. Free chlorine is somewhat more volatile than combined chlorine, and readily reacts with sediments suspended during flushing. Brunswick County will use free chlorine as the primary disinfectant from June 15, 2019 through mid-August 2019. Depending on your location within the distribution system and usage patterns, it could be a week to 10 days for your drinking water to transition from combined chlorine to free chlorine at the beginning of the flushing program. The annual change from chloramines to chlorine for this brief period is required by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.

You may notice a chlorine taste and odor in your drinking water while free chlorine is utilized. If you are especially sensitive to the taste and odor of chlorine, try keeping an open container of drinking water in your refrigerator. This will enable the chlorine to dissipate thus reducing the chlorine taste. Remember – drinking water has a shelf life! Change out the water in your refrigerated container weekly.
Please note, if you have an aquarium or pond always test the water you add to your aquatic environment to be sure it is free of any chlorine before adding fish or other animals. Chemical additives with directions for removing either free chlorine or chloramines from water for use in fish tanks or ponds are available at pet/fish supply stores.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this process please contact the County’s Public Utilities Department at 910-253-2657, 910-371-3490, or 910-454-0512; or your local water provider.

CITY OF SOUTHPORT NOTICE FOR REQUIREMENT OF BACKFLOW PREVENTION DEVICE

All irrigation meters in the City of Southport are required to have a backflow prevention device.  This device is designed to ensure potable water provided by the City remains safe throughout the water distribution system.

New irrigation meters (and existing irrigation meters that have been removed or turned off) should follow the following procedures.

If a new meter is requested for irrigation, the customer will need to contact the City of Southport to request an irrigation tap.

Once the irrigation tap is installed by the City of Southport, the customer will then contact a plumber to install the backflow prevention device.  Once the device is installed, the customer will notify the City of Southport and the device will be inspected by a County certified inspector (at the City’s cost).  Once the inspection is complete and the device is approved, the county will send results to the City and the City will install the irrigation meter.

After the meter is installed, the customer must have the backflow prevention device tested for proper operation by a 3rd party certified backflow tester prior to using the meter.  The cost for this testing is the responsibility of the customer.  When this testing is complete, the report should be forwarded to the City by the customer.  Once the report is received indicating the device passed testing, the water will be turned on by Public Works Department.

All backflow prevention devices are required to be re-tested annually by a third party.

Please note these measures are not only required by the City, they are in place to ensure the safety of our water supply.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

 

Local Certified Backflow Testers

Brunswick Plumbing – Southport NC – 910.457.1709

Eversole Plumbing – Southport NC – 910.845.2393

Sunny Wright – Brunswick Co – 910.880.4178

Hughes Plumbing – Ocean Isle – 910.575.3217

Reeves Plumbing – Ocean Isle – 910.579.2946

Jewell Plumbing – Oak Island – 910.278.5966

Winnabow Plumbing – Southport – 910.253.4184

If anyone is in the need of woodchips, you are welcome to help yourself to the pile in Taylor Field. Gates will be open Monday- Friday, 9 am – 4 pm. It is self-serve.