LELAND, NC (WWAY) – Residents of one Leland neighborhood are feeling the pressure, or lack thereof, when it comes to their water. Low water pressure has them steaming, now they want the problem fixed.
It’s what Glen Alford would call a good water day. His sprinklers are spraying out water in large arcs. That’s not always the case.
“I was trying to grow regular grass in the backyard and the water was so low that the sprinkler would not swing back over and I thought it was the sprinkler,” Alford said.
Alford moved into Grayson Park in Leland about a year ago. Once more neighbors moved in, he began to notice a drop in his water pressure. He says his pressure isn’t great, but it’s even worse for others, who can’t even flush their upstairs toilets.
As the neighborhood continues to grow, residents worry how this will affect their water pressure.
“People have concerns with their yard, just simple hygiene as far as bathing. Another major concern everybody keeps worrying about, what if we have a fire out here, do we have adequate pressure?” Alford said.
Robert Ward, who has lived in the community for five years, spoke to Leland Town Council members Thursday about putting a stop to building more homes until a solution can be made.
“I fail to see where continuing to build in that subdivision is going to help the pressure problem,” Ward says.
Bob Walker, the Executive Director at H2GO, says it’s not necessarily related to more homes being built.
“It’s more to do with the elevated tank that supplies them with their pressure at the industrial park and how much water the county is sending south to bell swamp,” Walker said.
A long term solution would be getting Grayson Park off the county’s hydraulic system and onto H2GO’s hydraulic system, but it comes with a cost.
“It’s a matter of justifying spending a half million, million dollars to get them off the county’s hydraulic system and get them on our hydraulic system.” said Walker.
“We’re in a situation where H2GO doesn’t want to bare the cost and the developer doesn’t want to either,” Ward says. “So we’re kind of caught in the middle.”
Walker says he plans to meet with Grayson Park’s developer next week to see about splitting the cost to fix the pressure problem.
“We are working on it,” Walker says. “It’s just tough to find $1 million dollars laying around.”
Walker says until the situation is fixed he is working with residents of get water conservation practices in place. Ward says he plans to meet with Brunswick County officials to see if they can help fix the problem. He has asked to make a formal presentation at Leland’s next town council meeting.