Water utilities

Fair Bluff residents should be able to drink water from the town’s new well in December, engineer and project manager Carter Hubard from the W.K. Dickson Company told the town council during its meeting Tuesday. Hubard predicted that construction will be finished in October; however, due to supply chain delays, a backup generator to run the pump in case of electric outage won’t arrive until next year.

Town Planner Al Leonard said the council reacted with “optimism and thankfulness” to the news that, “Six months into the [fiscal] year, the water and sewer fund has shown a $2,000 profit.” Historically, he said, that utility fund “has really been a money loser.” Leonard said that relatively dry weather and recent replacements of cracked sewer lines had contributed to the slight profit because less rainwater is now infiltrating the system.