Petition circulating to delay funding approval for reverse osmosis plant. (Source: WECT)
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) -
It's the latest move to thwart construction of a $30 million water plant in Brunswick County.
Many H2GO customers and some of the utility authority's own commissioners are angry about plans to build a reverse osmosis plant they feel is unnecessary, and exorbitantly expensive for their relatively small customer base.
H2GO has already spent millions preparing to build the plant. 3 of the 5 commissioners and H2GO’s executive director say the reverse osmosis plant will be beneficial, despite vocal opposition. Proponents say it will decrease reliance on Brunswick County to supply wholesale water, and help H2GO control costs long term.
In order to proceed further with the project, H2GO needs permits to discharge excess brine into the Brunswick River. They also need to the approval of the Local Government Commission to secure funding for the project.
Opponents of the plant are asking people to sign a petition, asking the Local Government Commission to wait to make a decision about the funding until after the November election, when the 3 H2GO commissioners who support this reverse osmosis plant are up for re-election.
The 2 commissioners who currently oppose the plant, Trudy Trombley and Jeff Gerken, were the most recently elected and ran on a platform opposing the plant.
Opponents set up a Facebook page called “Stop the ROP” where you can learn more.