Water Systems

Underground aquifers (most notably the Black Creek, Pee Dee, and Upper Cape Fear) and surface streams (Tar and Neuse Rivers) provide high quality water for the public and private water systems in Pitt County.  In 2000, the Central Coastal Plain Capacity Use Area Rules were adopted to protect the long term productivity of aquifers and limit groundwater withdrawals to a sustainable rate.

In response to those rules, the Neuse Regional Water and Sewer Authority (NRWASA) was formed to develop regional solutions for meeting future resource needs for communities in southern Pitt and Lenoir Counties.  The Neuse River provides an abundant source of water that is treated using state-of-the-art technology to produce high quality drinking water. The water treatment plant, located in Lenoir County, was completed in 2008 and can produce up to 15 million gallons of water per day. In addition, over 78 miles of water transmission mains were constructed to carry treated water to each member entity’s water distribution system.  Pitt County members are: Town of Ayden, Town of Grifton, Bell Arthur Water Corporation, and Eastern Pines Water Corporation.  Lenoir County members include: City of Kinston, Town of Pink Hill, Deep Run Water Corporation, and North Lenoir Water Corporation.

Other communities in Pitt County have also reduced their reliance on underground aquifers due to the capacity use restriction.  The Towns of Bethel, Farmville, and Winterville as well as the Stokes Regional Water Corporation have negotiated contracts with the Greenville Utilities Commission (GUC) to purchase water supplied primarily by the Tar River.

Water Treatment Systems

CommunityElevated Storage/Capacity (millions of gallons)Water Source
Town of Ayden2 tanks3 Deep Wells/NRWASA
Bell Arthur Water Corporation6 tanks6 Deep Wells/NRWASA
Town of Bethel1 tank/.502 Deep Wells/GUC
Eastern Pines Water Corporation6 tanks/1.9510 Deep Wells/NRWASA
Town of Farmville4 tanks/3.3011 Deep Wells/GUC
Town of Fountain1 tankTown of Farmville
Greenville Utilities Commission (GUC)2 tanks/2.508 Deep Wells/Tar River
Town of Grifton1 tank/.262 Deep Wells/NRWASA
Town of Grimesland1 tank/.752 Deep Wells
Stokes Regional Water Corporation1 tank2 Deep Wells/GUC
Town of Winterville1 tank/.503 Deep Wells/GUC