The homes in the Heritage Park area have historically had the second highest rate of septic tank failure of any area in the County. Over 67 septic tanks have failed since the year 2000 with costly repairs to citizens and environmental impacts to surface waters. Many septic systems have failed multiple times. These failures have impacted the environment, pose a public health risk and have created a financial burden for the residents within the community. The majority of the homes within the community were originally constructed in the 1960’s on small parcels with little room for leach field areas. Additionally, soils and drainage conditions are not amenable for septic systems. In some instances, washing machine discharge is piped directly onto the surrounding properties as a result of the antiquated systems.
New Hanover County, in partnership with the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA), has received a loan to install sewer into the area and permanently remove the need for septic systems.
Heritage Park was determined by the unified 2007 City and County Wastewater Master Plan to be the second highest priority area for sewer extension to existing homes in New Hanover County due to public health concerns related to failed septic systems. As a result of the recommendation in the plan, as well as the data compiled by the County’s Environmental Health Department, New Hanover County has taken steps to secure funding to extend sewer to the community.
Those affected by this project include residents along Carl Seitter Drive, Emily Street, Diane Street, Olive Street, Fulbright Street, Pilgrim Circle, Heritage Park Drive, Jamaica Drive, Bermuda Drive, Nassau Road, and Fairfield Drive. Residents along portions of Castle Hayne Road between Spring Road and Heritage Park Drive may also be affected, along with residents near the corner of Spring Road and Fairfield Drive.
Septic system failures are continuing to occur. The County is committed to protecting public health and has identified this project as a priority to ensure that public health and the surrounding environment is protected.
New Hanover County and the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority are currently exploring options to make available to homeowner to help alleviate the cost of plumbing and connection fees associated with the project.
The homes in the Heritage Park area have historically had the second highest rate of septic tank failure of any area in the County. These failures have impacted the environment, pose a public health risk and have created a financial burden for the residents within the community.
New Hanover County, in partnership with the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, has received a loan to install sewer into the area and permanently remove the need for septic systems.
Under CFPUA Ordinance 1.13. if an Owner fails to connect plumbing facilities to the Authority Utility Facilities, the Owner will be assessed a bi-monthly $250.00 penalty for each mandated connection until a connection is made or a deferral is granted by the Authority.
A deferral may be requested from the Authority stating Owner has the Authority’s conditional permission not to connect plumbing facilities to the Authority Utility Facilities. A deferral may be granted for up to three years and can be requested two times. In order for a deferral to be granted, it must be shown that a functioning septic system is present on the property.
Construction should take between 18 and 24 months.