Onslow County Water and Sewage Authority known as ONWASA says its water demand has increased but its supply has remained the same due to drought conditions, so it's asking its customers to conserve water.
ONWASA says people need to cut back on watering lawns and other water-wasting habits to help prevent any future problems. Right now it is a voluntary action, but it could become a mandatory water restriction if people don't conserve now and the dry conditions continue.
In the past month, ONWASA says it has seen more than a 50% increase in water demand. It went from 8.4 million gallons to 12.8 million gallons per day. Susan Poole says most of the increased use is from watering lawns, but there are many ways you can cut back on water.
"Things as simple as turning off the faucet when you're brushing your teeth or shaving in the morning. That can save three or four gallons every morning for every person in the house. Only use the dishwasher and the washer machine when they are full. Just do full loads. It's simple things like that can really make a big difference," said Poole.
Earlier this month, Pender county has also requested customers to voluntarily conserve water.