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Can county water benefit from additional water filtration systems or is it of high quality?

Ken Little

The unfiltered answers are ‘not necessarily’ and ‘yes,’ says the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority’s drinking water superintendent.

Mike Richardson says that with September’s opening of a new water treatment plant in Ogden, supplemental filtration is definitely not required.

“Any additional filtration will not necessarily be needed. It’s not recommended, but having a home treatment system is up to the homeowner,” he says. “It’s just a personal preference.”

A primary function of the new water treatment plant will be to soften the groundwater currently used by utility customers in the county. The secondary purpose “is to remove any organic matter and bacterial contaminants,” Richardson says.

Customers receiving water from the new treatment plant who add a home filtration system may soften the water to the extent it causes additional wear and tear on plumbing, he says.

The new treatment plant will have a maximum daily output capacity of 6 million gallons. CFPUA customers in the county currently use an average of between 3.5 and 4 million gallons a day, Richardson says.

The quality of the treated water is good, Richardson asserts.

“You shouldn’t have to do anything to it,” he says.

For more information on the CFPUA, go to http://www.cfpua.org/

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2 Responses to “ Can county water benefit from additional water filtration systems or is it of high quality?”

  1. On July 23, 2009 at 10:37 am Carey Disney Ricks wrote:

    Want to know more about the new nano-filtration facility going online this fall? Cape Fear Public Utility Authority will be holding a community meeting on August 13th from 6 – 8pm at Ogden Elementary School to discuss well head protection and this new facility. Please plan to join us.

    Carey Disney Ricks
    Public Relations and Information Officer
    Cape Fear Public Utility Authority

  2. On June 12, 2012 at 12:53 pm Lee B wrote:

    Excuse me, but could someone ask Mr. Richardson exactly how taking the excess minerals out of the tap water by using a home treatment center could cause problems with plumbing? It should be the exact opposite situation. That prevents the minerals from building up inside the plumbing and valves.

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