BURGAW – Today Pender County Utilities (PCU) lifted the voluntary water restrictions issued May 14 for Hampstead and Scotts Hill, including the neighborhoods of Avendale, Cross Creek and Harrison Cove, as well as Island Creek Road and the neighborhoods of Wylie Branch and the Reserve at Island Creek.

“Pender County Utilities water customers in these areas are no longer under the voluntary water restrictions,” said Kenny Keel, Pender County Utilities director.

Pender County Utilities improved the system by installing new equipment to supplement the county water supply from Wallace as well as adjusted the county’s pumping station and valves that maximized the current system. Additionally, one new Hampstead water well has become operational, and a second well is under construction and will be running by January.

“While the restrictions are lifted, we urge all Pender County water customers to use this natural resource wisely throughout the year,” said Keel.

Keel said customers can practice everyday water conservation by washing only full loads in the laundry and dishwasher, use spring-loaded nozzles on garden hoses, identify and repair water leaks, and refrain from leaving faucets running while shaving or while rinsing dishes.

“All of us want to be good stewards of our natural resources, including our water,” said Keel. “Being conscientious of our water consumption will result in lower water bills.”

For more information regarding the lifting of the Stage 1 Voluntary Water Restrictions, call PCU at 910-259-1570.

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