Lead Service Line Replacement

Wilmington, NC

This project is pioneering public health with the strategic use of federal funding for critical water line replacements.

Project Details

Since 2020, the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) has been proactive in meeting the requirements of the Lead & Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR) to ensure the continued safeguarding of public health by doing exhaustive reviews of historical records and other available data to identify areas with potential issues. CFPUA has already established a comprehensive database of the water service lines in its system and inspected over 10,500 properties within its service area. While no lead water services were found, over 400 galvanized lines installed in the mid-1900s, typically including a lead pipe gooseneck assembly connecting them to the main water line, were identified.


Through its proactive response to these regulations, CFPUA was able to access funding to address the replacement of these galvanized water service lines with lead “gooseneck” connections. This funding came from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) monies being administered through the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ). WK Dickson assisted CFPUA in preparing this successful funding application that resulted in NCDEQ awarding CFPUA $4,161,150 to address approximately 300 of these specific galvanized water service lines. With the aid of this funding, CFPUA is poised to replace these lines, directly protecting the water quality for Wilmington residents.


Currently in the design phase by the WK Dickson team, this project is one of the first lead service line replacement projects funded by DWI in North Carolina. Additionally, our team continues coordinating closely with DWI to meet all funding requirements. Our expertise in navigating funding mechanisms and regulatory frameworks is integral to the project’s success and efficient execution.


CFPUA’s proactive approach demonstrates a strong commitment to public health and serves as a model of how public utilities can lead in environmental stewardship and community protection.



The WK Dickson team assisted CFPUA to secure the $4.1M NCDEQ funding necessary to implement this project.