Southport to merge waste water facility with county

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The Town of Southport will lose its waste water facility when it merges with the county's sewer system.

Town Manager Alan Thornton said Southport has been told by the state to stop releasing its treated waste into local waters.  Merging with the county system will get that job done and help clean local waterways.

"A lot of that's close to shellfish with the environment and eliminate that problem," said Thornton.

Thornton said town leaders studied several options to comply with the state order.  Joining the county system was one of the least-expensive options.

"We believe this will maintain bills that are accessible to the public for quite some time," said Thornton.

Many Southport residents said they're not concerned about their sewer bills going up once the merger with Brunswick County happens, if it provides good service for the community.

"It's going up anyway," said resident Marianne Furiey.  "No I'm not worried about that."

Furiey's sewer bill is normally a little more than $30.  She's willing to pay an increase so the burden on town maintenance workers will decrease.

"I think that some of the services here are really get over burden by population explosion, and I think it'll help constantly repair thing and will be cheaper to merge with the county," said Furiey.

Town officials said the merger will cost around $5 million, which will be paid with federal stimulus money and a state grant.

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