BURGAW – Technically it is still spring, but this week, summer weather will arrive in Southeastern North Carolina.
 
“We are currently in a slight drought period,” said Tommy Batson, Pender County Emergency Manager. “At this time, we urge two things – conserve water and be cautious when practicing outside burning.”
 
Sitting around a fire pit is fun, but residents are urged to make sure fires are completely extinguished.
 
“Never leave a fire unattended,” said Batson. “In drought conditions, sparks can easily lead to wildfires. Douse the embers with water before walking away from an outdoor wood fire.”
 
Water conservation is the next concern during a drought.
 
“We urge the public to conserve water wisely,” said Kenny Keel, Pender County Utilities Director. “By utilizing small practices, such as turning off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving and repairing leaking faucets, you can reduce water usage.”
 
According to The Water Project, lawns and gardens require only .02 inches of water per day during warm weather.
 
“Water lawns every three to five days rather than for short periods every day,” he suggested. “Never overwater. This damages plants and our soils do not store extra water.”
 
Keel said for additional conservation tips, visit the county’s website at https://www.pendercountync.gov/utl/water-conservation-tips/.
“We urge our residents to enjoy the natural resources in Pender County,” said Batson. “Practice fire prevention and water conservation throughout the year, but especially in periods of drought.”
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