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Dunn Sewer Rate Announcement
 

City of Dunn water and sewer rates fund safe and reliable drinking water and sanitary sewer services to its customers. The City of Dunn maintains an eight MGD (million gallons per day) water treatment facility, over 115-miles of water distribution mains, a 3.75 MGD wastewater treatment facility, and an 88-mile sewer collection system. Water and sewer rates are used only to pay for water and sewer expenses and cannot be used for any other purpose. Likewise, tax revenues that are collected by the City are not used to fund water and sewer expenses and is why the general fund is separate from the water and sewer’s enterprise fund.

Water and sewer rates are designed to fund the operating and capital needs of the City’s water and sewer utilities and equitably recover costs from all its customers. For the last several years, the water fund has subsidized the sewer fund to the tune of approximately $500,000 each year. To ensure the sewer fund is sustainable for years to come, City Council voted at its March meeting to increase sewer rates effective July 1, 2019. Impacts on sewer bills vary based on meter size and the volume of metered water consumption.

Before making this decision, the City compared current sewer rates to similar government entities within a 50-mile radius to the City of Dunn. It was found that the average sewer rate for a ¾” service was $15.24 for a base rate and $6.03 per thousand gallons consumed. For a ¾” service inside the city limits, Council adopted a new base rate of $13.75 and $6 per thousand gallons. Outside city limits rates continue to be twice the inside rate.

Sewer Projects that are happening around the City:

  • $2.5 Million Aeration Project at the Black River Wastewater Treatment Facility is set to begin in the summer of 2019. The aeration piping system is a significant component of the wastewater treatment process and was initially installed in the early 1980s. The aeration piping has deteriorated to a point beyond repair. The upcoming project will replace all existing piping, new diffuser grids in the aeration basins, and more efficient blowers which will promote energy savings. This rehabilitation project allows the City of Dunn to increase the treatment efficiency to ensure it stays in compliance with the permit limits of the treated water that is discharged back into the Cape Fear River.
  • Replacement of Aging Sewer Collection System Pipelines - Many of the City’s sewer lines are over 70 years old and are at or beyond their useful lives. The City’s engineer is currently preparing a preliminary report of the wastewater collection system to secure loan and grant funding for these much needed rehabilitation projects. Pipeline replacement is a costly endeavor, and as a result these projects are going to be spaced out over a 20 year period.

The rate increase provides the necessary funding for pipeline replacement and other capital improvements needed to continue the City’s commitment to it’s customers and environmental stewardship. The City appreciates your understanding in this matter and if you have any questions regarding your utility bill, please contact the City of Dunn Customer Service Department at 910-230-3510 or stop by City Hall at 401 East Broad Street.