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Posted on: November 5, 2021

[ARCHIVED] CFPUA issues voluntary water restrictions following main break

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CFPUA has issued a voluntary water conservation advisory, effective immediately, after Lower Cape Fear Water and Sewer Authority (LCFWASA) identified a leak in a raw water transmission main.

LCFWSA staff informed utility partners including CFPUA that they had recorded water pressure and flow changes in a raw water transmission main leading from the Kings Bluff Pump Station late Wednesday evening. This pump station, which sources water from the Cape Fear River, is the primary source or raw water for utilities in Southeastern North Carolina, including CFPUA, Brunswick County, and Pender County.

Following continued flow changes, LCFWSA suspected a potential leak. The leak was identified Friday afternoon. Crews have been dispatched to evaluate plans for emergency repairs.

It is important to note that CFPUA has its own raw water transmission system, which is operating normally. Raw water available from that system and water that is available from LCFWASA is sufficient at this point to meet customer demands. In addition, water storage in the CFPUA system is at or near capacity.

Out of an abundance of caution, however, CFPUA is immediately issuing a voluntary (Stage 1) water conservation advisory for all CFPUA customers. Efforts by each CFPUA customer to use water wisely will ensure water remains available for all customers and for essential services such as fire protection.

Expected rainfall and cooler weather this weekend should make irrigation unnecessary. Customers are urged to check automatic sprinkler systems to ensure that rain sensors are operational or that the system is paused for the next few days. In the unlikely event that irrigation is required, customers are asked to follow the following schedule, which is based on house number:Voluntary-conservation

In addition, customers can take simple steps to reduce their water consumption at home:

  • Limit showers to 5 minutes; doing so can save up to 1,000 gallons per month.
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and save up to 4 gallons per minute.
  • Only run washing machines or dishwashers when full.
  • Use a broom, rather than a hose, to clean driveways and patios.
  • Postpone washing vehicles at home or use a commercial car wash, which uses recycled water.
  • Dispose of tissues and sanitary products in the trash rather than flushing them – this also helps protect our community’s sewer system.
  • Click here for sharable factsheets on saving water indoors and outdoors. 

For more tips on water conservation, visit

CFPUA will provide updates on this developing situation on or our social media pages on Facebook and Twitter.

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