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City Eases Water Restrictions!





As of May 13, 2008, 84 of 100 counties in the State of North Carolina are still experiencing some level of drought, according to the North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council.

Following a call to action from Gov. Mike Easley, the City Council voted on October 17, 2007 to implement mandatory water conservation restrictions. Thanks to the success of these restrictions and the steady improvement of drought conditions statewide, the restrictions have been eased to Stage 1 as of May 5, 2008.

On October 16, 2007, Gov. Easley called on the state‚Äôs city leaders to take the lead in directing citizens to stop using water for any purpose that is not essential to public health and safety so communities can save their dwindling water supplies and avoid more stringent restrictions this spring. Although New Hanover County is currently at level D0 or abnormally dry, Wilmington's water source originates in Chatham County, which is currently at level D1 or moderate drought according to the NC Drought Management Advisory Council. Check out our local drought information page to learn more about where we get our water.

At their March 18, 2007 meeting, City Council passed recommended changes to the Water Restrictions Ordinance which took effect on April 1, 2008. As of May 5, 2008, we are under Stage 1 restrictions.

Following are some of the highlights of the Stage 1 restrictions which took effect on May 5, 2008:

Irrigation (applies to residential and commercial properties):

Automatic and non-automatic irrigation systems

  • ODD numbered addresses can water on ODD calendar days between midnight and 6:00 a.m.
  • EVEN numbered addresses can water on EVEN calendar days between midnight and 6:00 a.m.

Non-spray hose-end sprinklers

  • ODD numbered addresses can water on ODD calendar days between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. AND 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
  • EVEN numbered addresses can water on EVEN calendar days between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. AND 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

Hand-held hoses

  • No restrictions under Stage 1, but hose must be equipped with nozzle/trigger

New Lawn/Landscape Establishment Permit

  • A permit is still required for new lawn (sod) & landscape installations
  • 30-day permit will allow irrigation any day/any time as directed by contractor
  • After 30-day period, must conform to any water restrictions in place for irrigation
  • Permit form will be available on-line

Variance Request

  • A variance may be issued in instances where water restrictions cannot be met without threatening health or safety, or if there has been a significant change in circumstances
  • Permit form will be available on-line

Swimming Pools, Hot Tubs, Spas

  • No restrictions under Stage 1

Pressure Washing

  • No restrictions under Stage 1

Residential Vehicle Washing

  • No restrictions, but must use a hose equipped with nozzle/trigger
  • If possible, wash vehicle on lawn 

Although the above restrictions do not apply to private wells, the city still recommends adherence to the watering schedule. All residents are still urged to limit their usage of water from any source.

A water conservation hotline and email address has been set up for all water restriction and conservation-related questions, complaints or reports.

Water Conservation Hotline: (910) 341-0114
(TDD 341-7873/TTY 711)

Water Conservation Email:

Violators are still subject to a $500 civil citation (misdemeanor) per offense per day. If reporting a violation, you will need to provide the date, time, nature, and physical address of the violation.

Click here for more details on the Water Restrictions.

Click here to see a complete list of the Water Restrictions.

Variance Request Application Form

30-Day Irrigation Permit Application Form

New Turf Irrigation Recommendations

Click here for tips on how you can help to conserve water.

Click here for local drought information.

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