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Posted on: November 20, 2021

Bypass completed following raw water line leak; CFPUA lifts voluntary water restrictions

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CFPUA has lifted the voluntary water conservation advisory for all customers, effective immediately, following the successful completion of a bypass around a large leak in a Lower Cape Fear Water and Sewer Authority (LCFWASA) raw water main. 

A leak in the 48-inch raw water transmission line was identified November 5 after crews from Brunswick County investigated the cause of water pressure and flow changes in the line leading from the Kings Bluff Pump Station. This section of the line provides Cape Fear River water for treatment to CFPUA and Pender County, which along with Brunswick County are customers of LCFWASA. 

After the leak was discovered, CFPUA, Brunswick County, and Pender County issued voluntary water conservation advisories for customers. During the past two weeks, Brunswick County’s emergency contractor has been working at the site of the leak, which is in a remote, swampy area of Brunswick County. 

The bypass was completed Saturday, November 20, increasing the flow of raw water to CFPUA and Pender County’s water treatment plants. 

Crews will now begin work on permanent repairs to the water main. Once repairs are completed, the temporary bypass will be removed.

Throughout the bypass installation process, CFPUA was able to meet customer water demand across its service area using the limited amount of raw water received from LCFWASA and from its own raw water transmission main, which was unaffected by the leak. 

CFPUA thanks customers for voluntarily taking steps to reduce their water consumption, which helped ensure an adequate water supply remained available to all customers.

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