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What’s up with getting water leaks fixed in Wilmington?

Julian March

Q. What’s up with the city of Wilmington and getting water leaks fixed? There is water bubbling up at the corner of North 12th Street and Market Street, as well as at South 13th and Market streets under the pedestrian overpass. One leak I have seen for at least a month and the other four months. I have called to report the leaks and the only solution I have seen is putting out orange cones.

A. The matter is actually being handled by the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, not the city of Wilmington.

The authority is aware of both the leaks, said Mike McGill, a spokesman. The areas are the remaining pieces of a repair effort that began in December, he said.

“This project entailed much needed water system improvements, including an immediate need for valve replacement and new hydrants,” he said, in an email.

McGill explained that the work has been conducted on the weekends to accommodate New Hanover High School. Because of its proximity to the school, the authority cannot set up a construction zone while school activities are ongoing, he said.

“Sometimes when conducting repairs, we need to triage the situation and make a decision as to whether or not it requires immediate, emergency repair,” he said. In this case, the leaks are not of a size that require emergency work.

“We hope to have the project completed shortly and we apologize for the inconvenience,” he said.


What are CFPUA’s plans for getting water and sewer to parts of unincorporated New Hanover County?

Is the loss of 4 to 5 inches of water from my pool daily excessive?

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2 Responses to “ What’s up with getting water leaks fixed in Wilmington?”

  1. On January 8, 2013 at 12:47 pm B Wms wrote:

    There has got to be a better way to express a question than “what’s up with…?” That is non specific and vague. How are you supposed to answer that?

  2. On January 9, 2013 at 5:27 pm Si Cantwell wrote:

    As the editor of MyReporter, I try to preserve the wording of our readers’ questions when possible. I don’t restate questions with incorrect facts or spelling errors — although you might catch me missing something! — but I like to pass on the questions pretty much as our readers ask them.

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