Environmental Management and Sustainability

CFPUA’s Environmental Management Department oversees numerous programs to ensure CFPUA and its customers are meeting local, state, and federal environmental regulations. EMD’s on-site laboratory, which is certified by the State of North Carolina, provides testing services in support of CFPUA’s Water and Wastewater Treatment Divisions. The Department also administers CFPUA's wastewater pretreatment program and drinking water cross-connection control program.

EMD staff work with CFPUA customers to ensure that backflow prevention equipment and commercial grease interceptors are properly maintained. The Department also manages recycling operations across CFPUA’s facilities. 


View interactive versions of various CFPUA environmental reports by clicking on the icons below. 

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EMD also develops and implements the Safety and Environmental Management Programs for the approximately 300 employees of the CFPUA. The Safety Program ensures our staff members are properly trained to ensure a safe working environment for everyone. The Environmental Management Program establishes a management system that conforms to the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System standard. This system encompasses a commitment by CFPUA to comply with laws and regulations, continual improvement, and prevention of pollution.

We have made a commitment to protect the environment through implementing an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS). We are currently third party certified to the ISO 14001:2015 Standard in the Operations and Maintenance divisions for the Collections and Distributions Systems, the Environmental Management Department and the Engineering Department. View the full scope of the EMS (PDF).

ISO 14001 is a voluntary standard that was developed by the International Organization for Standardization, which is a group of representatives from approximately 40 countries that work together to develop standards such as this one for EMS development and implementation. This standard provides a framework for EMS development and is based on a Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) Model.

Recycling at cfpua

cease the grease

Cease the GreaseVisit CFPUA's Customer Service Centers at 235 Government Center Drive or 305 Chestnut Street for free "Cease the Grease" lids. This lids fit many sizes of cans and jars to help you save and properly discard of fats, oils, and grease.