CFPUA cuts budget as water use declines


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Submitted: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 5:07pm
Updated: Thu, 01/09/2014 - 12:57am
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority today amended its operating budget to cut $1.2 million. The move comes after the authority reported a significant decline in water consumption, which also means lower revenues.

A CFPUA spokesman says today’s move is a formal adoption of actions CFPUA staff because last fall when they proposed budget cuts after seeing initial signs of reduced demand. CFPUA says usage continued to decline or leveled off during the first six months of the fiscal year, which led to today’s budget amendment.

CFPUA says several factors have contributed to declines in water use. They include consumer conservation, greater use of low-flow devices, reaction to pricing changes and weather, including a wet summer.

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  • betchesbelike says:

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  • TIGERCAT says:

    Just a warning to New Hanover residents since water use has declined
    CPUA is going to raise the rates again since they wont get as much from two rate increases in 2013

  • lonetraveler says:

    Water in New Hanover county is now considered the new “Liquid Gold”.

  • Guest Reply Redux says:

    From what family tells me there in Wilmington, about the recent weather temps…just wait until your next power bill. That will heat you up! I told her that, if they eat hot dogs…cook them by holding them over a lit match and leave the stove OFF!

  • taxpayer says:

    isn’t going to sit idly by and watch revenues decrease by $1.2 Million without a plan to recoup that money in some form or fashion. They cry when people use too much water and ask us to conserve. They cry when we conserve either by our own methods or if Mother Nature blesses us with adequate rainfall reducing the need to irrigate lawns.

    Maybe a little “fat-trimming” at the top may be in order. A few less “chiefs” would go a long way in balancing their budget.

  • Guest Reply Redux says:

    Not for long I betcha…with people doing what has been asked of them for years and all…like Conserving! This was a killer excuse…”reaction to pricing changes”. What?? That’s like saying…”Oh No…they found us out and now fighting back!”
    I wonder since it rains a lot in England/Scotland and Ireland…if their water bills are through the roof? I bet Windsor Castle’s bill is a real Doozie if so! And that’s just from the Queen’s baths per month :-0
    Next excuse CFPUA >>>>>>>>>>

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