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Columbus Co. officials agree to pay $45,000 to consolidate county's water districts

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COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Columbus County commissioners voted to pay Green Engineering $45,000, Monday night, to come up with a plan to consolidate the county's five water districts.

Commissioners say the western part of the county has high quality water, but the eastern part does not.

They believe Green Engineering will give them a plan to provide interconnections so good quality water can go all over the county, but their decision to pay $45,000 to hire a consultant comes during a time when Columbus County school officials want to hire more school resource officers and were told the county has a limited budget.

Commission Chair Charles McDowell tells us in order for the county to move forward it has to have a vibrate water system, which is required by the industry.

Commissioners are hoping to meet with both school boards this month to discuss resource officers.

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