There was no Kings Grant Water system...there was cheap well water, subsidized by New Hanover County (wells) meaning you paid far below the actual cost. NHC residents were getting groundwater with a little chlorine thrown in.
The other issue...your septic tank was no problem for you. Just everybody else downstream. For the same reasons you cite (cost), people have septic tanks but bury them and forget them. They don't pay to pump them out, maintain them properly, and a host of other issues (as Heritage Park and Marquis Hill...and a lot of others demonstrate).
I am sorry about your husband's terminal cancer. It runs in my line, too...but that is merely a distraction from this issue.
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