Pender County Utilities pushing for water transfer between basins


PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It’s been years since Pender County Utilities started plans to bring more water to the area in an effective way. They are now trying to make it a reality.

Pender County continues to grow more and more by the day. The county says around 1500 people move into the area every year and they must compensate for the growth.

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“We see the importance of this type of infrastructure being on the same level as water and sewer. It’s a demand that is necessary for the growth of our county,” Planning and community development director, Kyle Breuer, said.

One major concern is the demand for water. Pender County Utilities director Brian McCabe says they want to transfer more than 14 million gallons of water per day from the Cape Fear River Basin. They want to bring it to the Northeast, New and South River Basins. However, some people believe the county should not take a risk like this because of GenX in the Cape Fear River.

“With everything that is going into the river with the pollutants, the boats, the factories and including the GenX. To have that pumped that into my home and have my daughter and my husband and my pets drink it, it would be- no,” Kristy Wilson, a Hampstead resident, said.

McCabe says this is not related to the presence of GenX.

“Of course we recognize the emerging contaminants of concern, including GenX and other perfluorinated compounds. And we’re looking at what we can do to help treat those issues. But this is more of a long term planning effort to supply the long term drinking water needs of the county,” McCabe said.

He also said the goal is to provide enough water to meet the needs of the county for the next 50 years.

State officials are hosting a public hearing tomorrow about this request. The public can come and comment on the petition.

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