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When will the new water treatment facility be opening in Ogden?

Merton Vance

The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority is priming the pumps for a new water treatment plant that should finally start delivering water in northern sections of New Hanover County by the end of October.

Mike Richardson, drinking water superintendent for the authority, said that testing should be completed next week, when the authority expects to get final certification from state officials to put the plant on line.

Pumps are being tested this week to make sure everything is running properly.

“We try to run them about 40 hours each,” he said. “During the week of the 26th, we should be putting water in the system.”.

Once the plant is up and running, he said water customers in the area should see noticeable improvements in water quality within about two weeks. Those living nearest the plant will see improvements first.

The $48 million “nano filtration” plant and new well field should provide better water to about 17,000 residents and allow them to shut down water softeners that many currently use. The system uses tiny membranes to filter well water.

The water should be similar in quality to what’s now supplied by the Sweeney water plant in Wilmington. Fluoride is scheduled to be added to the water in November.

The new system replaces one that was pieced together over the years as the county bought privately built water systems, resulting in varying levels of water quality across the county.

The project was begun in July 2008, but had been under discussion since the 1990s.

For more information: www.cfpua.org

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2 Responses to “ When will the new water treatment facility be opening in Ogden?”

  1. On October 9, 2009 at 11:32 am Josh wrote:

    Is this thing live yet?

  2. On October 19, 2009 at 6:38 am Carey Disney Ricks wrote:

    Additional information is available under the Public Information and Nano Filtration link of our website http://www.cfpua.org. Water produced by the new facility will be pushed / flushed through the system. Schedules and maps of this flushing will be posted on this website once that process begins along with neighborhood testing results to show the improved water quality.

    Carey Disney Ricks

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