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.
The Rocky Point/Topsail Water & Sewer District was created in 1996 along with the passage of a $30 million Bond Referendum to provide quality drinking water service to customers in the Rocky Point and Topsail township areas. The District currently serves approximately 175 square miles in Pender County. Water is currently purchased from the Town of Wallace and the distribution system has been built in several phases over the last eight years. Phases I and IB were completed in July 2001. Phase III (Project cost $9,400,000) was completed in November of 2006. Phase IV (project cost $2,653,000), serving the Village of St. Helena, New Road area and Old River Road was completed in April of 2007. Phase V (project cost $10,715,000) serving the Topsail area north and east of Hampstead is substantially complete and water is available to approximately 600 of the estimated 1,100 new customers.
The Rocky Point/Topsail Water & Sewer District initiated wastewater operations in 1999 to serve Del Labs manufacturing facility and three Pender County public schools. Wastewater is collected by PCU at the regional wastewater pump station and pumped via 6” force main under the Northeast Cape Fear River to a gravity collection system and treated at the Northside Wastewater Treatment Facility owned and operated by Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA). The pump station was designed, permitted and constructed to flow up to 250,000 gallons per day to the CFPUA treatment plant.
The Maple Hill Water & Sewer District exists to provide quality drinking water to the community of Maple Hill. The water is purchased from the Chinquapin Water Association, Inc., and currently serves approximately 345 active accounts.
The Scott’s Hill Water & Sewer District is scheduled to begin construction on a $3 million water distribution system in the summer of 2009 to serve approximately 800 properties.