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Is it true that CFPUA is going to try to ban private residential wells?

Kevin Maurer
StarNews
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Customers using well water can pay a flat fee for sewer or the authority can install meters to determine sewer charges. (StarNews file photo)

The simple answer is no, according to Cape Fear Public Utility Authority spokeswoman Carey Disney Ricks.

In New Hanover County, your water either comes from the authority or a private well or private system, like Aqua NC. CFPUA has an agreement with Aqua NC to use its meter data for sewage rates. Customers using well water can either pay a flat fee for sewer or the authority can install meters to get an “accurate reading” of water use in order to determine sewer charges, Ricks said.

“These CFPUA sewer customers are charged a flat fee since a meter for water service does not exist to determine their use,” Ricks said. “Most customers metering private wells to determine sewer charges find this option to be more economical than the flat fee.”

Ricks said the flat fee is based on the 24,000 gallon sewer cap, plus the fixed fee for sewer paid by all CFPUA customers. It comes out to $112.84 bimonthly.

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2 Responses to “ Is it true that CFPUA is going to try to ban private residential wells?”

  1. On July 24, 2011 at 7:51 am Josh wrote:

    So, why is this the “simple” answer? Is there an un-simple answer?

  2. On July 30, 2011 at 9:50 pm Mike wrote:

    CFPUA is a ripoff. They were smart enough to take over the city’s 90yr. old water and sewer lines and jack up rates 3 times in a year because they had no idea that they would fail. They should be required to put meters for irrigating your yard, so you don’t have to pay sewer for something thats not getting treated in the 1st place. Well and Septic is the way to go!!!!