WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) is spending more than half a billion dollars over the next 10 years to improve the region’s aging water infrastructure.
The CFPUA says emergencies such as the recent water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi, serve as a reminder of the importance of sustained funding for the rehabilitation and replacement of critical water infrastructure.
The group’s recently released capital improvement plan includes $512 million in infrastructure investments through fiscal 2032. Of these planned projects, 82% are focused on improving aging infrastructure, and 16 additional % are spent on growth.
“Combating aging infrastructure was one of the reasons local leaders decided to create the CFPUA in 2008,” said Deputy Executive Director for Processing and Engineering Carel Vandermeyden. “When the CFPUA opened, we inherited water and sewer infrastructure from the City of Wilmington and New Hanover County that was, in some places, between 50 years old and nearly a century old. Over the past 14 years, we have made tremendous progress in repairing, replacing and strengthening infrastructure throughout our service area.
The CFPUA maintains approximately $1 billion in water and sewer infrastructure in Wilmington and New Hanover County, including two water treatment plants, a network of groundwater wells, two sewage treatment, over 150 sewer pumping stations and over 1,000 miles each of water and sewer. sector.
Every day, CFPUA systems provide water and sewer services to 200,000 people.