As it turns out, all of us did.
The water used for putting out the recent brush fire came from the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority. The CFPUA did not charge the fire department or the city for the water – that’s because those costs are factored in to each household bill.
The CFPUA bill includes two charges: a fixed rate which doesn’t change and a variable rate based on how much water is used by each household.
The fixed rate, according to CFPUA chief communications officer Carey Disney Ricks, ensures that each area of the city has adequate “fire flow” – I.E. water flow and pressure in case of a fire. Because the last thing you want when your house is burning is for the fire hose to run out of water.
Ricks said the CFPUA and Fire department work closely in fire situations to ensure there is adequate water flow.
Date posted: May 18, 2012
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