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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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Raises did happen
2016 years 1 day ago

Being a former employee of CFPUA I saw raises happen, but only for select staff. It was absurd and that is why I left. Not only was select staff overpaid, but all staff that was hired new and not a former city/county employee was hired at the top of their salary range. They all should get a deduction in pay. There needs to be an evaluation of staff and salary because I personally know of 5 positions that could be cut. I would hate to see people lose their jobs, but I got out and… Read more »

2016 years 1 day ago

So why would they make so many false promisis that they never intended to keep. Every since they took over it has been one issue to the next with them….I wish they would go back to where ever they came from!!!!

2016 years 1 day ago

1. Annexed approx 15 yrs ago- STILL using well water.
2. “Poop in the river”- they have enough leaks and breaks putting poop in our waterways. How many last year?
3. Okay, the trash service is good. I’ll give you that. Feel better?
It’s not the hourly employees, it’s their bosses and the fabulous board running it.
And, I actually do have some knowledge of water and wastwater treatments and their costs. I currently pay $80/mo for 2 people, 2 bathroom home- just for sewer/trash/stormwater. Did I mention we’re still on a well? oh yeah. It’s going up another 13%.

2016 years 1 day ago

Brian Berger thank you for voting against the cfpua increase. Thank you for keeping your word and looking out for families like us who are hurting right now. We can’t afford all these new taxes and rate increases our income has gone down not up, and we’re luckier than most. Thank you for standing strong against all the critics who love to attack you. We support what you’re trying to do and appreciate your courage and it must be hard when others on the board will stop at nothing it seems to destroy you and wway joins in attacking you… Read more »

2016 years 1 day ago

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?

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