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Why are CFPUA trucks left running at lunchtime?

Ken Little
StarNews

Cape Fear Public Utility Authority crews work to repair a sewer spill at Barnards Creek along River Road Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012. Trucks arrive at the Barnards Creek pump station to remove and transport the waste water that was redirected after the spill was located and crews eliminated the flow at that section of wastewater line. Photo by Mike Spencer

Q. Why does every Cape Fear Public Utility Vehicle that I see somewhere at lunchtime leave their trucks running for the entire hour at lunch? I assume to keep it cool or warm depending on the season, but at whose expense?

A. It is CFPUA policy and practice “to operate vehicles in a manner that optimizes fuel efficiency and safety,” CFPUA spokeswoman Carey Disney Ricks said.

“Employees have been instructed to turn off vehicles when not in use unless there is an occupant remaining in the vehicle, unless that vehicle is being use to power required equipment, or some resource supplied by that vehicle is necessary for safety (such as) headlights,” Ricks said.

Additionally, CFPUA field crews are only given half an hour for lunch, Ricks said.

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