Advisories & Restrictions

Water emergency management and conservation advisories apply to all customers of the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority. Conditions and advisories will be posted and updated on our website and publicized accordingly. Water shortage conditions will expire when the Authority deems that the condition which cause the alert has abated. The expiration or cancellation of a water shortage declaration shall be promptly and extensively publicized.

Emergency Management Plan

CFPUA’s Emergency Management Plan is designed to aid in our response to any number of situations that could potentially affect our water supply and distribution. Situations such as drought, water supply disruption, distribution or quality problems could trigger a conservation declaration.

Advisory Factors

CFPUA considers many factors prior to declaring and implementing water use advisories/restrictions. Factors considered include:
  • Pressure at monitoring locations of the water system
  • Ability to re-fill water storage tanks of the water system
  • Ability to maintain an amount of water in the ground lever storage tanks at the water treatment plant that is adequate for fire protection
  • Ability to maintain adequate water pressure in every portion of the water system
  • Adequacy of the water supply in terms of quantity and/or quality for the foreseeable future to satisfy the anticipated demand for water
  • Conditions at the water intake
  • Conditions at B. Everett Jordan Lake
  • Regulatory requirements affecting operation, repair or maintenance of any portion of the water system
  • Such factors as may affect our ability to supply, treat and/or distribute water through the water system
  • Drought declarations issued by the State of North Carolina

Trigger Conditions

Trigger conditions demonstrate worsening hydrologic conditions or increased water demand and are also considered in determining the issuance of mandatory water use advisory stages, linked below. Trigger conditions can be identified individually or they can be combined to define various stages of a water emergency.
  • A source trigger is determined by the conditions at B. Everett Jordan Lake (Chatham County) which feeds the Cape Fear River - the source of the water treated at the Sweeney Water Plant and overall groundwater/aquifer levels used at the Nano Water Treatment Facility. Drought advisories (as indicated on the NC Drought Monitor) are one component of a source trigger.
  • Supply trigger conditions are affected by the total demand on the water distribution system. Water use advisories may be declared in the event of an immediate water shortage whereby a reduction in the [water use] demand has not been effective using other water-saving measures or lesser stages.

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