What triggers the need for water conservation and what are the stages?

Overview

Weather forecasts, historical peaks, system reliability, river levels, and the capacity of the raw water system are all considered in context with the system demand when determining if the next stage of a conservation alert should be triggered. However, in general, a Stage 2 alert may be declared when there are consecutive days over 90% of capacity. Measures to achieve the overall reduction in usage will include the implementation of irrigation restrictions, a ban on non-commercial car washing, restaurant restrictions, and public education on the water shortage.

Stage 1 - Water Conservation Alert

A Stage 1 water shortage emergency may be declared in the event of an immediate water shortage, as so declared by state and/or local officials, or when there are three consecutive days when water demand exceeds 80% of the total water plant production capacity. Water production capacity shall be defined as the maximum volume of water that meets or exceeds state and federal standards that the water treatment plant process can produce during a 24-hour period. Water production capacity can vary depending on system component reliability and/or raw water conditions or availability.

Under a Stage 1 Water Conservation Alert, the County will implement measures intended to reduce water used for irrigation by ten 10%. The County will also notify its wholesale water customers that they must reduce irrigation demand in their systems by 10% in accordance with the wholesale water agreement. The targeted customer groups shall be customers with irrigation meters, wholesale water customers, and multi-family projects with common area irrigation.

Stage 2 - Water Shortage Warning

A Stage 2 water shortage emergency may be declared in the event of an immediate water shortage, as so declared by state and/or local officials, or when there are two consecutive days when water demand exceeds ninety 90% of the water production capacity. Water production capacity shall be defined as the maximum volume of water that meets or exceeds state and federal standards that the water treatment process can produce during a 24-hour period. Water production capacity can vary depending on system component reliability and/or raw water conditions or availability.

Under a Stage 2 Water Shortage Warning, the County will implement measures to reduce overall water use by ten 10% The County will also notify its wholesale customers that they must reduce their overall water use by 10% in accordance with the wholesale water agreement. The target groups will be all County retail water customers, wholesale water customers, and industrial customers. Measures to achieve the overall reduction in usage will include the implementation of irrigation restrictions, a ban on non-commercial car washing, restaurant restrictions, and public education on the water shortage.

Stage 3 - Water Shortage Danger

A Stage 3 water shortage emergency may be declared in the event of an immediate water shortage, as so declared by state and/or local officials, or when there is one day when water demand exceeds one hundred 100% of the water production capacity. Water production capacity shall be defined as the maximum volume of water that meets or exceeds state and federal standards that the water treatment process can produce during a 24-hour period. Water production capacity can vary depending on system component reliability and/or raw water conditions.

Under a Stage 3 Water Shortage Danger, the County will implement measures to reduce overall water use by twenty 20%. The County will also notify its wholesale customers that they must reduce their overall water use by twenty 20% in accordance with the wholesale water agreement. The target groups will be all County retail water customers, wholesale water customers, and industrial customers. Measures to achieve the overall reduction in usage will include the implementation of a ban on outdoor irrigation, a ban on car washing, restaurant restrictions, restrictions on industrial usage, and public education on the water shortage.

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1. What is causing this water shortage?
2. How long is the stage 1 conservation effort expected to last?
3. Are residents in danger of running out of water?
4. What triggers the need for water conservation and what are the stages?
5. Has the increased growth in Brunswick County created water shortage issues?