Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Dry Weather Concerns Craven County

Craven County implemented Stage 1 of its Water Shortage Response Plan Friday.
County management, including County Manager Harold Blizzard and Water Supervisor Rusty Hayes, met Thursday after observing several days of use by customers that exceeded the county system’s ability to pump fast enough to refill its water towers.
In an effort to curb the recent heavy demand for water, the Craven County Water Department announced today implementation of Stage 1 of its Water Shortage Response Plan.
Hayes said “The County’s water supply is adequate, but the unusually large water usage in recent weeks has placed a big strain on the water system’s ability to maintain normal tank levels.  Customers may notice slightly lower than normal water pressures at their residences during this extended period of dry conditions.” For the rest of the story...

Reprinted from the New Bern Sun Journal: 6-11-11

Craven County officials urge water conservation

Craven County officials are urging water conservation from county water system users.
While neither Craven County Water System nor any of the nine public water systems in the county are among those in N.C. that are drought-threatened, dry skies are prompting high usage.
“In the past several weeks we’ve been slammed with water customers irrigating lawns,” said Harold Blizzard, Craven County manager.
“Although our water supply remains unaffected,” he said. “It’s not a capacity issue. Our problem has been our ability to transmit the large amounts of water required to meet the demand.”
“We’re just not able to pump it fast enough,” said Blizzard. “The demand is so great our elevated water storage tanks are unable to fully recover overnight from the previous day's usage.”
“I don’t want anybody to think the sky is falling but we are concerned about the demand,” he said Blizzard. “We believe the problem really lies with people watering their lawns.”
Craven County has a Water Shortage Plan that contains five levels of response to “water shortage” and Blizzard will meet with Craven County Water System Supervisor Rusty Hayes Thursday to decide whether or not to implement Stage 1 Voluntary Reductions. For the Rest of the story...

Reprinted from New Bern Sun Journal: 6-8-11

Earth Day 2010 at Union Point Park, New Bern