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Pump stations go unnoticed with creative disguises

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Pump stations in the Porters Neck and Avenel neighborhoods are so well disguised you could drive right by them without even knowing. Pump stations in the Porters Neck and Avenel neighborhoods are so well disguised you could drive right by them without even knowing.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Pump stations do a lot of work for the water system in New Hanover County, but they're not built to look very beautiful. However, officials took homeowners and businesses into consideration when building a few of these facilities.

Pump stations in the Porters Neck and Avenel neighborhoods are so well disguised you could drive right by them without even knowing. They were built to look like sheds, and they're hidden behind a layer of bushes and shrubbery.

But within, they're nothing special. They're similar pumps and pipes used in various other stations.

Officials went for a different look on Independence Boulevard in Wilmington. The structure resembles an office building, similar to the ones built nearby. Inside though, the facility pumps about 85,000 gallons of waste water per minute to a local treatment plant.

"Typically they're not disguised this well," CFPUA employee Bob Mazzeo said. "We have 141 of them, and our typical set up is just a chain link fence with some shrubbery and bushes to keep it as inconspicuous as possible."

These hidden facilities were built before CFPUA was created in 2008, and they not only serve as disguises but also as storage units.

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