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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Water service in downtown Wilmington may be affected today because of filming for the movie “We’re the Millers.”

The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority has authorized the production, which stars Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis, special use of water for special effects. Crews were scheduled to start shooting downtown at 6 a.m. They’re slated to work until about 4 p.m.

“Movie production/special effects companies routinely use water from fire hydrants for special effects (aka rain scenes),” CFPUA spokeswoman Jacqueline Valade said in an e-mail to WWAY. “The difference with this request is that the production company requested the use of a larger meter and because of that, CFPUA required additional measures be taken, such as the notification and having CFPUA staff on site during the activity.”

CFPUA says it hand delivered notices to approximately 600 downtown residences and businesses in the affected area, which ranges from Hanover Street to Orange Street between 4th and Water Streets.

Valade said she believed but was not certain the production would be charged the typical non-resident consumption charge of $3.96/1,000 gallons of water used.

During the production time, CFPUA says customers in the area may experience periods of low pressure and/or may see discolored water due to the increased water usage and significant amount of flow. Customers that do experience discoloration are advised to run the cold water for approximately three to five minutes to allow the lines to clear.

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17 Comments on "Movie filming may affect water service downtown"

2015 years 10 months ago

Everyone in Wilmington complains about scarce jobs and want the income these jobs bring, but then b*tch about any jobs that finally do come here. Amazing.

Film Supporter
2015 years 10 months ago


The film industry brings in tons of revenue for our community. Not to mention how many local film workers are employeed now and not collecting unemployeement. Get over not being able to use princess place or the ferry for 1 day.

2015 years 10 months ago

I wonder how much CFPUA stands to gain by those customers who will be running their water from three to five minutes. You know that they will be running the meter.

2015 years 10 months ago

Only pure unadulterated ignorance causes name calling just because someone elses opinion differs from yours.

Das Weibstück
2015 years 10 months ago

Sorry I cant come to work today….. I cant bathe because they are filming down the street. This is ridiculous ! Seems typical from what I have read about the water company. Wonder how much $$ they are making off this deal, screw the customers.

2015 years 10 months ago

From what you’ve read? Considering that the movie studio applied for a special permit (there is a process for that), what would have WWAY’s headline been if they had been denied the permit…or any special use permit (Riverfest, Azalea Festival, etc.,). You are a fool, but let me help you.




The CFPUA can’t win with WWAY…from what you’ve read. Yeah, I’m sure the CFPUA is really getting rich off this…

If this little town wants to cater to the film industry…this type of thing is going to happen now and then. Maybe they should just pack up and move to Charlotte or Atlanta.

Get a life.

Das Weibstück
2015 years 10 months ago

You work for the water company? Get the stars out of your eyes, they are turning you into a grouch.

Guest 10101
2015 years 10 months ago

Apparently, for you it’s either all or nothing. Maybe it’s just me, but that doesn’t seem too discerning.

The film crew should simply have started a little later (see Inconsiderate Guest above). Only a person who lacks judgment or sense (as in “fool”) wouldn’t have thought of that.

This “little town”, as you so disrespectfully put it, doesn’t have to “cater” to the film industry. Towns that put on their big-boy pants “accomodate” the industry and production companies respect that. As the saying goes: “People treat you the way you allow them to treat you.” . Only a person who lacks judgment or sense (as in “fool”) wouldn’t have thought of that.

So they’ll just pack up and go to Charlotte or Atlanta if they have to wait another 2 to 3 hours to start production for one day? I guess it never occurred to you that Wilmington already has great technical facilities in place for them or that the greater Wilmington area, with the exception of an urban skyline, is a production company’s dream when it comes to scouting locations. Only a person who lacks judgment or sense (as in “fool”) wouldn’t have thought of that.

Apparently, you’re about as discerning as the CFPUA or even worse, with the CFPUA.

Get some knowledge. Getting a life, as you’ve so ably been able to prove, isn’t worth too much without it.

Wilmington Observer
2015 years 10 months ago

It is great that the film industry has found a home in our neighborhood and I am all for them living among us. However, just as I would with any neighbor, I expect them to be good neighbors, If a new neighbor moved into my community and began closing roads, making it impossible to utilize the ferry or using all of the water, I would begin questioning why this neighbor should have the autonomy to take over my neighborhood and displace my way of life.

Wilmington Observer

Guest 10101
2015 years 10 months ago

All of this fim business in Wilmington is great. It’s a great economic engine and a real boost for local civic pride.


It’s not the ONLY game in town. 600 other businesses and residences are also having a life, doing business, going to work after cleaning up in the morning, etc. And those 600 businesses and residences are here 365 days a year.

Messing with Wilmington’s water starting at 6 AM is being an inconsiderate guest. I can see starting at about 8 AM, which would at least give others a chance to take care of business first, but 6 AM is just too early. Hosts should welcome their guests and guests should respect their hosts.

As to the idiots at CFPUA: Just another fine example of the great management decisions that seem to keep coming out of there. Their motto should be: “We’re the CFPUA! We don’t care! We don’t have to! “

2015 years 10 months ago

Who needs water? There is enough whine on here for everyone!

hahahaha – sorry, couldn’t resist.

2015 years 10 months ago

Those who are being inconvenienced should be compensated by CFPUA. They are being compensated, but the people who suffer do just that and get nothing from it.

2015 years 10 months ago

It seems like the movie industry is pretty good at disrupting peoples’ lives. They are messing with the water system in Wilmywood, causing traffic to be re-routed many times, disrupting the Southport/Ft. Fisher ferry schedule, and generally being a nuisance. As far as I am concerned, if filming cannot be done within the confines of the 23rd St. studio, they need to go somewhere else……..just sayin’.

Guest CommonTater
2015 years 10 months ago

our way of life around here….. You are an idiot…. just sayin…

2015 years 10 months ago

Once again, the folks at WWAY simply regurgitate a faxed press release, failing to answer the most obvious of questions: Is the City being paid for the film company’s water usage? This is the HEART of the downtown business district – how will this impact the restaurants and businesses trying to operate during the day? If residents and business owners are being inconvenienced, how will they be compensated? What portion of the production companies tax incentive will be used to pay the water bill? In the event of a house fire in the downtown area, how will the production company be notified to cease using water? Where will the “significant amount of water” end up flowing – down storm drains, into the river, across people’s yards? Lots of un-asked questions here…

2015 years 10 months ago

Why would CFPUA knowingly and willingly put its customers at risk? Will there be a boil water advisory due to low pressure? Will CFPUA assume direct liability for a fire in the area and the consequences of low water pressure to fight such a fire? Is CFPUA violating any state and federal regulations? Does CFPUA not know that this action “is likely to affect unfavorably service to other customers” under NCUC Rules?

Under NC Utilities Commission rules:

Rule R7-13. Pressure requirements.
Each water utility shall maintain an adequate pressure for its distribution system as
required by the North Carolina Department of Environment, Health and Natural
Resources and any other state or local governmental agencies with rules pertaining to
pressure requirements.
(NCUC Docket No. W-100, Sub 24, 2/22/94.)


Rule R7-17. Refusal to serve applicants.
(b) Utility’s Facilities Inadequate. — Until adequate facilities can be provided, a utility
may decline to serve an applicant if, in the best judgment of the utility, it does not have
adequate facilities to render service applied for or if the intended use is of a character
that is likely to affect unfavorably service to other customers.

Guest Reply
2015 years 10 months ago

I wonder what would happen if those customers told CFPUA to adjust their bill for 10 hours of no basic service?
That most definitely would spell TROUBLE!
Instead of deducting $10-$15 from their bills…they would probably increase their bills by $200!!


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