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Town of Leland to provide water service to residents

The Town of Leland will now be providing water service to residents. That job had been the responsibility of the North Brunswick Sanitary District until last night. When Brunswick Forest annexed into the Town of Leland several years ago, the agreement was that the town would provide both sewer and water services. The town had only been providing sewer services to the community. Last month the North Brunswick Sanitary District stopped issuing water permits to Mallory Creek Plantation and Brunswick Forest because of problems with water pressure. A special town council meeting gave Brunswick Forest the green light to move forward with new construction. The Leland Town Council voted to provide water to the growing development. It's a win for Brunswick Forest developers, since they were recently denied new water permits by the North Brunswick Sanitary District. Town Council member Gordon Hobbs said,"This really has come about out of necessity. but, you know, the town has stepped up to the plate and we're gonna honor our original agreement that we had four or five years ago that we had with our sub-division Brunswick Forest and so they won't have to stop their building." Tommy Wallace was the only Council Member to vote against providing water, saying that he sees it as a duplication of service. Wallace said, "My concern is what this will cost the town and if there's gonna be any cost taxpayers that get no benefit from it because the sanitary district provides water for most of the town of leland." The director of the North Brunswick Sanitary District, Vob Jones, declined to comment about the issue. Jones issued a statement recommending the district lift the restriction on approving water permits because of plans to move forward with building an elevated storage tank, which will alleviate water pressure issues.

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