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CFPUA to make changes to alleviate concerns of drying ponds

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Residents hope water will return to their ponds when the CFPUA shuts off its pumps. Residents hope water will return to their ponds when the CFPUA shuts off its pumps.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority will refine its groundwater management plan in response to recent data collected in response to concerns from residents in the Country Haven subdivision.

Homeowners in the neighborhood asked the CFPUA board in June to investigate the disappearance of their pond and lake water.

CFPUA shut off its pumps that pull water from the Castle Hayne aquifer and began collecting data in regular intervals for a nearly two –month period.

They learned wells are one of several contributing factors to drying of ponds and wetlands in the area.

According to the utility company, CFPUA will consider taking the following action in response to the investigation:

1) Reduce overall withdrawals from the Castle Hayne aquifer;

2) Only use Castle Hayne wells C and I, the two wells closest to the Country Haven subdivision, for maintenance, periods of high demand or emergencies;

3) Redevelop existing wells in the Pee Dee aquifer currently connected to the nano-filtration plant to increase a safe yield;

4) Prepare an environmental assessment and design to connect other existing Pee Dee wells to the nano-filtration plant;

5) Construct raw water mains to existing well sites; and/or

6) Continue to establish an interconnection with the Sweeney Water Filtration Plant to provide for better management of the overall flow of treated water throughout our system.

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