Are water rates paying for the reverse osmosis and expansion at the plant?

Brunswick County is absorbing some of the costs for the Northwest Water Treatment Plant infrastructure enhancements-therefore all the project costs are not directly passed on through water rates. However, the County had to start making anticipated debt service repayments in 2022 for the installation of the reverse osmosis treatment system to remove unregulated PFAS contaminants like GenX from our water and to construct a new raw water line to increase capacity to the plant.

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1. What is Brunswick County doing to remove PFAS contaminates from drinking water?
2. What is the project at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant going to accomplish?
3. What customers will receive reverse osmosis-treated water once the new low-pressure reverse osmosis treatment system at the Northwest Water Treatment System goes online?
4. Why do we need more capacity at the Northwest Water Treatment Plant?
5. Why isn’t Chemours and/or DuPont paying for the reverse osmosis treatment system?
6. Are water rates paying for the reverse osmosis and expansion at the plant?
7. How do County retail customer bills compare with retail bills of utilities of similar size in North Carolina?
8. What is the estimated monthly cost for a county retail customer with a 3/4-inch meter?