- Published on Friday, 12 October 2012 23:28
- Written by Super User
By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
The Carolina Beach Town Council took a major step at their October 9th meeting basically telling the Town Manager they will not likely approve connecting to the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority for water service. (See report on page 1-A).
In November 2011, the previous Town Council voted to fund a $30,000 study of options to meet future water supply demand.
One option pushed by the Town Manager on more than one occasion is connecting to the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority.
Either buying 500,000 gallons per day to inject into the aquifer beneath the island for later use or buying additional water to aid in meeting future demands, or abandoning our 13 or 14 well sites and connecting to the CFPUA's system relying entirely on their system for our water needs.
ASR stands for Aquifer Storage and Recovery. Where fresh water is pumped into the underground aquifer for later use.
While the study may provide some clarity on our options, the Town Council should pay additional attention to how valuable it is for Carolina Beach to remain self reliant rather than depending on the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority.
Giving up any measure of our utility system (or entirely) is a slippery slope when considering the controversy and numerous issues currently facing the CFPUA.
Not to mention, once we buy into their system and become dependent upon them, it's a habit that will be hard, if not impossible, to break.
We will essentially become perpetually dependent upon them and the amount they wish to charge with little or no say in the matter. Currently, if our rates are raised, it's by a vote of the Town Council. The people you have the ability to elect to or kick out of office.
The CFPUA is an authority with a Board that's not elected by the people. They are insulated and therefore can operate largely outside of the crosshairs of voter dissatisfaction.
That's a scary thought and should override any cost savings indicated by the before mentioned study.
If you want proof, call some of the "rate payers" in Wilmington and the unincorporated areas of the County served by CFPUA.