The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority Board on Wednesday voted to adopt a 10-year capital improvement plan (CIP) outlining $257.5 million in investments in the community’s water and wastewater systems.
The plan for Fiscal Year 2020, which begins July 1, comprises 27 projects and amounts to $84.9 million, CFPUA’s largest ever. Of that amount, $69.3 million (more than 80 percent) will be spent on two projects:
- The addition of eight additional deep-bed granular activated carbon filters at Sweeney Water Treatment Plant to remove PFAS compounds. Those compounds largely result from decades of releases by Chemours and DuPont from their chemical plant about 100 miles up the Cape Fear River from Wilmington. Amount: $44.3 million.
- CFPUA’s contribution to construct an additional raw water main to provide water from the Cape Fear River, which is a joint effort with Brunswick and Pender counties and the Lower Cape Fear Water and Sewer Authority. Amount: $25 million.
Two characteristics about the plan are important to note. First, the years are fiscal years, which start July 1 and run through June 30. Second, the amounts in each year represent the total anticipated expenditures for projects expected to begin in that year, even if those projects and their associated expenditures may last multiple years.
More information about the plan is available in this FAQ.