Environmental Management and Sustainability
CFPUA’s Environmental Management and Sustainability Department (EMSD) oversees numerous programs to ensure CFPUA and its customers are meeting local, state, and federal environmental regulations while also working to incorporate sustainability into daily operations and build a climate-resilient utility.
EMSD’s on-site laboratory, certified by the State of North Carolina, provides testing services in support of CFPUA’s Water and Wastewater Treatment Divisions. Staff in the department also manage CFPUA's wastewater pretreatment program, the drinking water cross-connection control program, a backflow prevention program, a commercial grease interceptor program, and a recycling program.
The department also houses sustainability staff dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and working alongside internal colleagues and external partners to improve CFPUA’s ability to operate in the face of severe weather and a changing climate. In an effort to streamline our sustainability research, strategies, and goals, we began to include the greenhouse gas inventory data in the Resiliency Report starting in 2020.
You can learn more about EMSD’s projects by following the above links and scrolling through this webpage.
SAFETY & ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS
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.
cease the grease
Visit 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.