Pender County Utilities (PCU) serves as the management and administrative organization for the six (6) Water and Sewer Districts established to serve the residents of Pender County: Rocky Point/Topsail, Maple Hill, Scott’s Hill, Central, Moore’s Creek and Columbia-Union. We are committed to quality and work hard to provide outstanding Customer Services, community-wide environmental improvements, and pro-active maintenance of County infrastructure assets in the most efficient and cost effective manner possible.
Much activity has ensued since 1996 when Pender County residents voted on a referendum to approve General Obligation Bonds for the purposes of extending public water service to their respective water and sewer districts referenced above with the exception of the Columbia-Union district where the referendum did not pass. Quality drinking water is now provided to:
· Rocky Point/Topsail Water & Sewer District serving approximately 6,000 customers over an area covering 175 sq. miles.
· Scotts Hill Water & Sewer District serving approximately 800 customers over an area covering 2 sq. miles.
· Maple Hill Water & Sewer District serving approximately 400 customers over an area covering 6 sq. miles.
Public water service extension sign-up campaigns are underway for the Central Water & Sewer District and the Moore’s Creek Water & Sewer District. The final design of these water system expansion projects will be determined by the number and location of the voluntary water service sign-ups. Construction is anticipated to occur February 2015 to December 2016.
In addition public utility infrastructure and facility improvements include:
· Surface Water Treatment Plant and Finished Water Transmission Main – A $28 million state-of-the-art water system treating 2 million gallons per day of water from the Cape Fear River and a facility capable of expanding to 6 million gallons per day.
· Melinda K. Knoerzer Adaptive Ecosystem Wastewater Treatment Facility – on-going construction of a unique 500,000 gallons per day hydroponic reactor design wastewater treatment system. The design includes greenhouse enclosures which support a diverse community of plants. This “green” technology takes advantage of a natural process providing a cost effective and energy efficient treatment solution.
At each household/business wastewater is collected in conventional septic tanks and pre-treated using a textile media filtration system located in a separate tank. After treatment the wastewater is then pumped to a common disposal site area where the effluent is spray irrigated.