Environmental Management


The Environmental Management section of the Department will develop an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System. ISO 14001 is a voluntary standard that was developed by the International Organization for Standardization, which is a group of representatives from approximately 40 countries that work together to develop standards such as this one for EMS development and implementation. This standard provides a framework for EMS development and is based on a Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) Model.

Following the Guiding Principles

CFPUA will develop and implement in a manner to help drive the newly formed Authority towards continual improvement, compliance with all laws and regulations, and prevention of pollution to support the guiding principles of the Authority, which are stewardship, sustainability, and service.

Environmental Policy

The primary objective of the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority is to provide water and sewer services to current and future customers consistent with our mission, strategic vision, and the guiding principles of stewardship, sustainability, and service. We will achieve our objectives through commitments to:
  • Conduct educational outreach to interested parties as it relates to our activities, products and services.
  • Fulfill our compliance obligations with all applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, statutes and other environmentally related requirements to which the organization may subscribe;
  • Protect the environment by managing our operations in an environmentally and fiscally responsible manner to maximize prevention of pollution and minimize waste and our impact on natural resources;
  • Understand the needs of our interested parties when establishing and reviewing progress on each year's environmental objectives and targets;
  • Achieve continual improvement in the management of our activities, products and services;
In keeping with this policy, the Authority will establish, maintain and implement an Environmental Management System that conforms to the ISO 14001 International Standard. The CFPUA shall provide regular communication of this environmental policy to all Authority employees; those persons working on our behalf, and interested parties of this organization.

Scope of the EMS

Ultimately the scope of CFPUA's EMS will include all areas of the organization. However, at this time the EMS scope covers operations under the control of the Utility Service's Operation and Maintenance of the Collections and Distribution Systems, the Environmental Management Department and the Engineering Department. 

The Operations Utility Services group consists of preventative and corrective maintenance task through line cleaning, video assessment, pump station maintenance and operations, outfall maintenance, construction maintenance and locating of water and sewer lines and water quality related to the distribution system. The Environmental Management Department consists of Community Compliance, Laboratory and Emergency Management for CFPUA. The Engineering Department consists of Development Services including inspections, Planning and Design and Project Management for CFPUA. 

The Safety Program, including its procedures and documents are not considered an auditable part of CFPUA's EMS scope. It may be included in various EMS documents for convenience and tracking purposes only. 

As each Department is incorporated into the EMS, the scope will be expanded and third party audits of these departments will be conducted for certification purposes. The EMS only includes identified environmental and public health activities, products and services that relate to water and services. 

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