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Posted on: July 5, 2021

[ARCHIVED] CFPUA reminds customers to use water wisely

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CFPUA reminds customers to take steps to conserve water, particularly outdoors, as water consumption continues to trend above average.

A voluntary water conservation advisory remains in effect for all CFPUA customers. Despite recent rains, water use across CFPUA’s service area has been nearly 7 percent higher than for the same period in 2020.

Although New Hanover County is no longer under drought conditions as of June 29, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor of North Carolina, drought conditions remain across much of the Cape Fear River basin. The Cape Fear River is the raw water source for approximately 80 percent of customers served by CFPUA.

The most effective way to conserve water is to schedule and limit irrigation. Lawns need an average of just one inch of water per week – including rainfall – to remain healthy.

CFPUA recommends that customers irrigate only between midnight and 6 a.m. and on the following days, according to the street address:

  • Mondays: No watering.
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays: Homes with odd-numbered addresses (e.g., 201 Main St.) may irrigate.
  • Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays: Homes with even-numbered addresses (e.g., 202 Main St.) may irrigate.

The chart below outlines recommended practices for outdoor water use during a voluntary conservation advisory:


Customers can find additional water conservation tips at

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