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CFPUA: Water bills going up 13.1%, restaurants say it will hit hard

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Cape Fear Public Utility Authority customers can expect to see a hike in their water bill in the weeks to come.

They voted today raise water rates 13.1 percent.

"It's a needed 13.1 percent increase in revenue," said Carey Disney Ricks, CFPUA's Public Information Officer. "The tiered rate structure remains the same, but the thresholds for tiers have changed."

CFPUA is trying to meet its financial obligations and needed to increase revenue this year so it could pay a $6 million bond debt. The bond was issued in 2008 to help update infrastructure.

Stephen Day, a manager at The Pilot House in downtown Wilmington, says restaurants will be hit especially hard by the rate increase.

"We use tons of water," Day said. "We're thawing seafood, cleaning and constantly running the dish washer."

Day says raising the menu prices would be the easiest way to offset the increased water rates, but says that would be the last thing the restaurant would do.

"Coming out of the recession, we're doing everything we can to promote business right now and raising prices isn't going to promote any kind of business," Day said. "It's just something we'll have to deal with and maybe we'll have to cut costs in other ways."

This is another in a series of rate increase for water users by the CFPUA, who raised them twice in 2010. You'll see the increase starting in May.

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Hey folks, you wanted the

Hey folks, you wanted the "government" to take their hands out of your pockets, they did. CFPUA is not the government, this is the free market at work, now how's it working out for you....I didn't hear all of this belly-aching when the City of Wilmington was in the water business so quit your moaning and groaning and pay your water bills!!!

You have no idea what the "free market 'is, do you?

CFPUA was created by government and is a quasi-governmental body. It has absolutely nothing to do with the free market, beacuse it has a monopoly on services. It would be a free market issue if you could choose your water and sewer provider.

Don't use words when you don't understand their meaning.


They can not have a rate hike unless the commissioner and board vote for the increase.Is this correct?


I did a lot of complaining when we were annexed. This is how the City of Wilmington boosts revenue when the current citizens' backs are broken. I neither needed nor wanted to be a part of the city of Wilmington. But, as Monkey Junction is finding out now, no one will listen. If Monkey Junstion had stepped up to protest when the Echo Farms area was being devoured, the wolf would not be at their door today!
The worst part of all of that was, not that I had to pay to connect, not that I had to pay for the labor and materials, also, they actually charge a PRIVILEGE FEE! That's right! I had to pay the City of Wilmington when I was forced to give them the privilege to take my money and my freedom! Can you say SAXON HOARD!!!! Can you say HOSTILE TAKEOVER!!! You can't say no one complained when the City was in control of the water! I don't want ANYONE in MY pockets, especially cFpUa! (ps. that is the check they have to cash to get my money - written to cFpUa - but the F & U are much bigger)
Still Hostile at "Independence" Blvd.

Hands out

Yeah have less government is a good thing BUT, you say free market or monopoly at work? Just like in Brunswick County, most are stuck with ATMC, no other options. So when you say free market, that means more than one option, this is just not the case.

If there were a dozen

If there were a dozen options on the table people would still be belly-aching....first it was "get the government out of our business" now that the government (City of Wilmington) is out of the water business it's we don't have any options, if there were options it would be something else....what a bunch of whiners, pay your water bills and shut up!!!!

Your Brain Cells are Smoking!

Bread and circuses. Thanks for keeping me laughing. The misspellings, grade-school grammar, tortured facts, outright lies and distortions all point to ignorance; my real concern is many of you are breeding at an alarming rate.

The CFPUA is the bastard child of two local governments. You need to do a little research...I know it will be hard for some of you with your backwoods IQ. I can almost smell the smoke from your brain cells rubbing together.

Find and read the Inter-local Agreement (ILA) written and signed between COW & NHC. Mayor Saffo and former Commissioner Caster’s signatures are right at the top. This devil’s spawn (as you believe) was created because the problem was bigger than both of them; they are both equally responsible for the problem they couldn’t fix.

The county likes to blame the city for lack of maintenance, but failed to see how all their inept development with no strategic planning -- dumped right back into a system that was full and broken. Both are equally guilty. Former New Hanover employees talking trash about the city…easy to do when all your stuff is NEW. Throw a little chlorine in the well-water and subsidize your customers water rates…don’t sound too hard to me. Your hillbilly population is all on septic anyway (leaching into the groundwater, wetlands, and oyster beds).

So, when the EPA and the NCDENR said in 2006, you are BOTH incompetent and you need to fix this pronto, they ran like scalded dogs to slap this ILA together so they could continue to do what they do best. Point fingers and blame, which they are doing on a grand scale. The new boss looks like the old boss, Caitlin and Berger! Read the ILA…but it spells it ALL out. The city and county are still the puppet masters, pulling the strings.

The CFPUA is trying to please many…the city and county who still have their tenterhooks fully inserted, and the rate payers, like most of our self-indulgent population who want everything to be free. Ultimately, CFPUA has been asked to fix what the City and County couldn’t. They are doing a good job of it, and that is going to cost some money.

The CFPUA was structured EXACTLY as it has been for the reason that it needed to be fixed, but you were going to cry and whine about it. There is NOTHING you will do about it…except to move out to avoid it. You must read the ILA, and know the LAW! You can try to change it (through legislative action)…but even the politicians know it needed to be done. It was structured this way on PURPOSE.

The bastard child is merely doing what anyone would want to do in their position…make it on their own and try and forget where they came from. But they can’t…monthly board meetings are like ugly family reunions that never end.

It was the City and County who asked folks to conserve in the MIDDLE OF A TERRIBLE DROUGHT. Now we don’t have one. When you compare apples and oranges…that cracks me up.

Grab yourself a bucket (as has been stated) and go down to the river, childrens, and git as much as you can! It’s all free! Go dig a latrine in your back yard.

This monthly rate amount will be akin to a 12-pack if that, and by the looks of some of you, you could go without.

Smoke that.

County employees have

New Hanover County employees have taken reductions in pay for 2 years now through furlough to help balance the county's budget. Has CFPUA done this with their employees?

I hear banjo music and I'm

I hear banjo music and I'm chained arse up 'round a tree stump. This whole mess called the CFPUA needs to be disbanded and a lot of "bureaucrats" need to be fired.

You have my vote 100% also

You have my vote 100% also tared & feather the SBs.

Another kick in the nads

Another kick in the nads when people are already barely getting by....


Pretty much sums it up.

water going up again

Again with the increases. This about the third increase since CFPUA took over. Whose pockets are they lining? Whats with this storm water anyway?: I have a storm water bill even though I don't have water service on the property. This ain't right.


Hey taxpayeriam! When was the last time a gov't agency cut its rates? I've never heard of such a thing, sounds more like a taxpayeridotU,R, I say we overthrow CFPUA! Into the Cape Fear



cfpua rate hike

I work for the county and have not had a raise in over 3 years, I have to furlough and don't expect a raise for another 3 years.These guys have had 3 increases in a year and a half. What gives?

Can't we...

Can't we do something to stop this? Can't we organize or something? Why are we paying for someone else's bad choices? Every facet of society is putting the screws to us. When are we going to say ENOUGH !?!?


Why are we fighting this quasi-governmental agency locally?

Read the "commonsense" blogger above. (He/she does not have that handle for no reason, he/she always seems to make good common sense.

He/she tells you to call your senator and ask for him to enact a bill ...
BTW, our Senator is Thom Goolsby and he is a fiscally conservative senator who is truly working for the people, so the answer is YES, THERE IS SOMETHING you can do!!!

Do it now, just like I am going to do!! Everyone get on the HORN and call Goolsby!! Speak united, loud and clear.

We'll start on Washington as soon as we forget that we are too lazy and apathetic to pick up a phone and support the reality to CUT SPENDING. MAYBE we should get all the "rich people" that Obama spoke about yesterday to pay our water bills. After all, we paid them last month and now WE are POOR. We should be entitled to Free Water!


CFPUA is going up 13%, so I need to cut my other expenses so I can afford water. Oh wait, 13% of my income is my water bill! I've already cut everything to the bone. Time for a mass exodus from New Hanover County.

Yay thank you so much CFPUA

Yay thank you so much CFPUA just what I always wanted, an increase in rates, You guys suck!!! Why dont you cut pay and stop raises to make up for your debt??

I don't think that idea has ever been suggested by a board membr

but everyone one of them except Brian Berger voted for the increase.

Rate Increase/Good Job CFPUA

Wilmington and County government. What's another kick in the head for taxpayers. Raises all around for CFPUA, your doing a fine job. By the way, why do you need a Public Information Officer? Don't we pay you enough or can't you speak for yourselfs?


You know they have more titles than the government,$60,000.00 for a secretary,$60,000.00 for a supervisor for the lab,they think they are free just to run over ever taxpayer.When we do not have a choice in services this is what we get.Why would our local government let them do this.You known they are going to reduce the bill after they pay back the $6 million bond!!

Wow now iam getting raped at

Wow now iam getting raped at the gas pumps and now cfpua now just double gang raped all of us, another abc thing when they top people are making 100+ thousand a year at least the abc was worth paying the money to.


You are so right!! I may tired of the ABUSE from CFPUA. I think any organization that has raised rates has much as they have would have been investigated, fined, and possibly shutdown by now. I think all should apply to CFPUA. I am tired of them sticking it to us every chance they get with the excuse it is to cover bond payments. I am sure there will be pay raise for their staff this year.

I bet when the bonds are paid they will not reduce rates. This is the worse organization in the county.

Ditto, OMG!!!

OMG is right! I am stunned and angered and agast!!! THIS IS THE WORST UTILITY COMPANY IN THE COUNTRY, strike that, IN THE WORLD!!!

We really do need to unite and have Senator Goolsby frame a Bill that would stop this encroachment into our citizens already challenged bank accounts.

It's not enough that we have Published 10% unemployment rates here in New Hanover County (actually MUCH higher), VAST "underemployment",(thanks local elected leaders, for doing "ZERO" to spur growth and create jobs for someone other than yourselves. And let us not fail to mention the $5.00 a gallon gas prices, as they rise quickly and are projected to reach by late Spring.
So, yes I really want to pay 80K for a CFPUA "secretary" that is one of the obvious Wilmington circle of someone who KNOWS SOMEONE...Hmmmm! Who did she know to get that job??? Do you know how many communication advanced degrees from top universities are OUT OF A JOB in this area? How'd she get that job??? HOW is it that SHE makes that kind of money In WILMINGTON???????????????

Remember the county Commissioners supported this rate increase!!!

Vote those suckers outta there!!! We got the POWER. Don't be sleeping at the switch during the next election either!! Keep the one that everyone calls crazy, He is FISCALLY CONSERVATIVE and actually spoke up against the rise in rates at the last CFPUA televised meeting, when all sorts of people rose to protest. I watched it on T.V., so I know it happened, I saw Brian Burger speak against the raise!! All the other DOPES looked over to their left to STARE at him!!!!!
Gotta go IRON my Shirt. I plan to mis-speak real soon and want to LOOK good when WWAY chases me down and Holds me accountable!!!