Northeast Brunswick Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant – Temporary Suspension of Sewer Line Extension Permits

06.21.2019

The NC Division of Water Resources has temporarily suspended the issuance of Sewer Line Extension Permits for sewer flows tributary to the Northeast Brunswick Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant.  This does not affect the issuance of building permits or approvals for sewer connections to parcels already part of an approved subdivision plan.  Rather, it will affect the approval of new engineered subdivision plans tributary to the Northeast Brunswick Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant that require an extension of a sewer main.  Sewer Line Extension Permits may again be issued once all necessary permits for the wastewater treatment expansion are acquired.   Brunswick County and its consultants have been working diligently on the design of a 2.5 mgd expansion of the Northeast Brunswick Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant and expect all permits to be available no later than the end of September 2019.   Moreover, Brunswick County has already taken steps with its wholesale customers to reduce flows tributary to the plant.  Also, due to a more normalized rainfall pattern this year instead of the record rainfalls occurring during calendar year 2018, flows into the plant have dropped dramatically.  An action plan is being compiled and will be submitted to the state regulators that outlines justifications for allowing the issuance of sewer extension permits immediately.