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Water Rate Increase Effective July 1, 2015
The rates for Martin County Water Districts #1 and #2 increased, effective July 1st. The base water rate (which included 1,000 gallons) for Water and Sewer District 1 and 2 increased from $36 to $53 per month, and the usage fee for water usage over 1,000 gallons increased from $6 per 1,000 gallons to $8.50 per 1,000 gallons.
We know this increase is tremendous and is a lot to absorb in one year; however, the rates needed to increase this amount, due to the State’s requirements to substantially decrease our community’s use of well water from the Cretaceous Aquifer and a need to protect the aquifer from salt water intrusion.
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Martin County Water Districts #1 and #2
Martin County operates two water districts, Water District #1 and Water District #2. The water districts were established to provide potable water to rural areas of Martin County. Map of Districts.
District #1 absorbed some older water systems, namely the former Town of Oak City water system. District #1 serves close to 1,000 customers in the northwestern part of the County and began operation in 2001.
District #2 also absorbed some older water systems, namely the former Town of Bear Grass water system. District #2 serves 1,000 customers in the southern part of the County and began operations in 2005.
Both districts were primarily funded by USDA grants and loans and backed by local bond referendums.
Financially, the districts are operated separately from the Martin County General Fund. The districts are administered separately as “utility enterprise funds”, with the intent of being self-supporting. The districts are served by a common staff, and the cost of operation is split between the districts.
The Martin County Board of Commissioners serves as the governing body for each district. A Water District Advisory Board is appointed by the Board of Commissioners and is made-up of citizens who live in the districts. The Water Districts Advisory Board provides feedback and input to the County concerning water service in the districts.
State Imposes Limits on Groundwater
Water Districts #1 and #2 have historically been served by several groundwater wells, pulling water from underground. In the late 1990s, the NC Division of Water Resources recognized that regional groundwater supplies in eastern North Carolina were being depleted, due to overuse, and developed strategies for managing the continued decline of groundwater levels throughout this part of North Carolina.
Because of heavy use, the Cretaceous Aquifers have become stressed over time. Due to this stress, the NC Environmental Management Commission designated 15 counties as the Central Coastal Plain Capacity Use Area (CCPCUA).
Water Districts #1 and #2 are impacted by the Central Coastal Plain Capacity Use Area (CCPCUA) restrictions [online at http://www.ncwater.org/?page=49 ] and therefore, must limit their use of groundwater resources.
Martin County Regional Water and Sewer Authority (MCRWASA) Formed
In 2007, the Martin County Regional Water and Sewer Authority (MCRWASA) [online at http://mcrwasa.org/] was formed and began planning for a water treatment plant on the Roanoke River. The MCRWASA water treatment plant project involves the construction of a 2.0 million gallon per day (MGD) plant and an intake station on the Roanoke River. The plant is scheduled to be completed by September 2015.
Martin County and the Town of Williamston are current members of MCRWASA. MCRWASA is operated separately and will be selling treated water on a wholesale basis to Williamston and Martin County Water Districts #1 and #2, which in turn, will sell the water to its citizens, businesses and institutions on a retail basis.
Frequently Asked Question(s)
Call Number After Hours- Martin County Communications
(252) 789-4555 or (252) 792-8151
Water Department Staff
Ed Warren, Water Manager
Shawn Scott, Office Manager
Martin County Water Districts Advisory Board
The Martin County Water Districts Advisory Board acts in an advisory capacity. Advisory Board members are appointed by the Martin County Board Commissioners. The Martin County Water Districts Advisory Board advises the Martin County Board of Commissioners and County staff about water rates, policies and service needs of Martin County Water Districts #1 and #2. The Martin County Water Districts Advisory Board meets on an as-needed basis.
The Martin County Board of Commissioners conducts business on behalf of Martin County Water Districts #1 and #2. The Martin County Board of Commissioners adopts the budget and policies for Martin County Water Districts #1 and #2.
Martin County Water District No.1 Advisory Board
Doug Cannon, Chairman
Martin County Water District No.2 Advisory Board
Martin County Water District No.2 , Phase 2 Advisory Board