Carolina Water Service, Inc.
Application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to Provide Water Utility Service to the Carteret County Water System and for Approval of Rates
Docket No. W-354 Sub 399
Expert Witness Hearing Begins June 20, 2023

On August 2, 2022, Carolina Water Service of North Carolina, Inc. (CWSNC) filed in Docket No. W-354, Sub 399 an application for certificate of public convenience and necessity and for approval of rates to provide water utility service to the Carteret County water system.

The Carteret County Water System, owned by Carteret County, a municipality or county or an authority or district established under Chapter 162A of the General Statutes, is a “Local Government Utility” as defined by Commission Rule R7- 41(b)(1). The Carteret County Water System consists of the two water systems, North River/Mill Creek and Merrimon, including over 50 miles of water mains, three elevated storage tanks, one hydropneumatic tank, three wells, three booster pump stations, and a water treatment plant with associated wastewater treatment system. The County presently serves a total of approximately 1,254 customers in Carteret County. Upon acquisition of the system, CWSNC proposes to continue to charge the County’s present rates with limited proposed modifications.

The Commission held a public witness hearing on October 18, 2022, in Beaufort, North Carolina to take testimony from the public regarding the proposed acquisition as well as potential service quality concerns.

Members of the public can also provide the Commission a consumer statement via email here or you can mail the Commission a statement at the address below. In either case, be sure to include the docket number in the subject line of your statement. Within several business days consumer statements are made part of the official record and can be viewed via this website.

The Commission has also scheduled an expert witness hearing at June 20, 2023 at 10:00 a.m., where CWSNC, the Public Staff, and other parties will provide expert witness testimony and cross examine each other’s witnesses. This hearing will be held in Commission Hearing Room 2115, Dobbs Building, 430 N. Salisbury, Raleigh. The public can observe the expert witness hearing via a YouTube link that will be available on the homepage of this website the day of the hearing.

If you have a question about this matter, you can email the Public Staff here.


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