The Harnett County Department of Public Utilities is a regional water and wastewater utility that provides service to approximately 75,000 people in Harnett County.
The Harnett County Regional Water Treatment Plant, located in the County seat of Lillington, supplies water to the municipalities of Lillington, Angier, and Coats. Harnett County also supplies water to various water purveyors within the five contiguous counties of Cumberland, Lee, Wake, Johnston, and Moore. This plant utilizes the Cape Fear River as the source for the system’s drinking water and was recognized in 2010 for maintaining the “Directors Award of Recognition’ from the Partnership of Safe Water, a national volunteer initiative developed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and other water organizations representing water suppliers striving to provide their communities with drinking water quality that surpasses the required federal standards.
The Harnett County Regional Water Treatment Plant is one of 165 water plants throughout the United States to receive this distinction and one of three in North Carolina. Harnett County’s water system consists of nine different rural water and sewer districts. These districts have a total of over 1800 miles of water mains and currently have over 35,000 active connections within their boundaries. Approximately 98% of all Harnett County residents have access to public water. HCDPU currently has 4 active wastewater treatment plants that serve approximately 22,000 people in Harnett County.
Harnett County has recently completed a major joint construction initiative with the Fayetteville Public Works Commission to supply water to Fort Bragg. Harnett County is also under contract to provide wastewater treatment services to Fort Bragg by 2012. These are recent examples of HCDPU’s commitment to the expansion of water and wastewater services to our citizens throughout the County and region.