Operating a Sewer System Under Pressure

Cape Fear’s pump station crew overcomes flat terrain and moves from reactive repairs to preventive maintenance.
Operating a Sewer System Under Pressure
(Cover Photo) Bob Mazzeo, pump station supervisor Cape Fear Public Utility Authority Cape Fear, North Carolina

Gravity is inescapable, but it’s not always enough to convey wastewater.

The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority was formed in 2008 by merging the sewer and water systems of New Hanover County and Wilmington, North Carolina. Local terrain provides little relief, and the authority’s robust pump station crew is leading the charge to ensure that wastewater is effectively conveyed throughout the system.

Both systems had experienced sanitary sewer overflows prior to 2008...

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