Marquis Hills Area Project

Update on Marquis Hills Area Septic-to-Sewer Connection Process

Dear Marquis Hills Area Residents,

During our last public meeting concerning the Marquis Hills Area Septic-to-Sewer project on December 7, 2016, CFPUA staff informed you that the mandatory connection process would start after we received final certification for the work. At the time, we stated that we expected the date to be on or around February 1, 2017.

Unfortunately, the final certification has been delayed on a week-by-week basis since mid-January. I have received calls from some of you wondering if the connection packets had been mailed yet and if you had simply missed it in the mail.

I am writing today to tell you that is not the case and that I appreciate your diligence regarding the connection process. I received an update this morning informing me that the final certification is expected next week with the packets being mailed out immediately thereafter. If the final certification is received next week, the connection packets should arrive at your door VIA CERTIFIED MAIL the week of February 20th.

If you were holding off on contacting a plumber until you received your packet, CFPUA suggests that you can contact prospective plumbers at this time to check on their availability and get estimates for the connection. As we have stated in the past, there are more than 700 connections to be made in a relatively short period of time. The earlier you act in the connection period, the better off you are likely to be.

We did receive a partial certification for the half-dozen or so property owners who contacted us and told us they were in a dire situation. Those owners have been informed of their ability to connect. If you are experiencing a true emergency, please contact me directly at this email address or by phone at 332-6704.

I apologize for this unexpected delay.


Mike McGill

Chief Communications Officer

Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA)

Stewardship. Sustainability. Service.

Office: (910) 332-6704

After hours: (910) 622-8472

Public Meeting - December 7, 2016

On Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at 7:00 p.m., in the gym of Myrtle Grove Middle School on Piner Road, CFPUA held a public meeting to carefully walks the attendees through the mandatory connection process.  Mandatory connection information was presented at all of our previous public meetings over the last two-plus years, and all costs, deferral options, and financing options were again discussed.  During the presentation, CFPUA and TA Loving staff also gave a closing update on the project’s construction and answer remaining project-related questions.  

While Marquis Hills Area Septic-to-Sewer project has moved into its final stages of completion and the project is well in line with its schedule, additional work needs to be completed before certification and use of the system can take place.  This has resulted in a shifting of the date of the start of the mandatory connection process.  

Previous communications stated the mandatory connection process was likely to begin on January 1, 2017, with connection packets being mailed a couple of weeks before the date so residents could get underway with their connections.  Because of the additional work, the mandatory connection packets are likely to be mailed in mid-to-late January, with the 180-day mandatory connection period starting closer to February 1, 2017.

The packets will contain the latest information when they are sent but, in the meantime, we invite you to review the presentation given last night and contact Mike McGill with any further questions at 332-6704.

CFPUA Marquis Hills Area Presentation - December 7, 2016 (Revised 12/29 for clarity re: private connection responsibilities)

Public Meeting - September 13, 2016

​CFPUA held an additional, construction-centric public meeting about the Marquis Hills septic-to-sewer project on Tuesday, September 13 at  7 p.m. at our usual location, the gym of Myrtle Grove Middle School, 901 Piner Road in Wilmington.  Thank you to all who attended and we appreciated your patience with the fact that we needed to project the presentation on a wall of the gym.

Below is the presentation we gave that night, which includes the latest information about the mandatory connection process that will follow the completion of construction.  The date when mandatory connection will begin is January 1, 2017.  The costs involved with connection are found in the presentation.

CFPUA will a mandatory connection public meeting on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 7 p.m., again in the gym of Myrtle Grove Middle School.  The information provided in the September 13 meeting will be supplied again along with more information about the connection process.

CFPUA Marquis Hills Area Presentation - September 13, 2016
CFPUA Invitation Letter - September 13 meeting

Public Meeting - Thursday, May 5, 2016

CFPUA held our latest, regular public meeting about the Marquis Hills septic-to-sewer project on Thursday, May 5, at 7 p.m. at our usual location, the gym of Myrtle Grove Middle School, 901 Piner Road in Wilmington.  Thank you to all who attended.

Below is the presentation that was given providing an update on construction and details about the mandatory connection process to come after construction.  Every property in the work area was sent the letter below inviting the homeowner to attend.

CFPUA Marquis Hills Area Presentation - May 5, 2016

CFPUA Invitation Letter - May 5 meeting 

December 2nd Construction Public Meeting

​On December 2nd, CFPUA held a public meeting to discuss the current status of the Marquis Hills Area project and to provide additional information about the mandatory connection process that will follow the project's completion.  

The meeting led off with a presentation that spoke to the project's history, its current status, some issues of concern, and the mandatory connection process.  Information was provided about an algae bloom that had formed in an area of Silver Lake and how test results reviewed by the county and the state showed that CFPUA's project work was not a cause.  The presentation given the night of December 2nd can be found here.

CFPUA, TA Loving, and county staff were on hand to answer a variety of individual questions for about an hour after the presentation was over.  For more information, please contact Mike McGill, Chief Communications Officer, at 332-6704.


Update - February 27, 2015

During our pre-construction meeting held back in October, CFPUA staff stated it would provide regular updates - via an emailed newsletter - to anyone supplied their email address to us. Thanks to the community’s cooperation, we have received contact information for dozens of people in the project area.

Attached is the first edition of the project newsletter. It provides a rundown of current construction, details upcoming work, follows up on outstanding concerns, outlines the project’s timeline, and repeats important contact information.

We believe you will find this information helpful over the next 24 to 30 months. We ask those of you who are recipients to share the information with their neighbors and invite them to sign up through me to receive email updates.

The newsletter will also be posted online on the Marquis Hills Area Project page found under Quick Links.

Email alerts will continue to be used in between the newsletters, if necessary.


Mike McGill
Chief Communications Officer
Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA)
Stewardship. Sustainability. Service.

Office: 910-332-6704
On call: 910-622-8472
Communications Email

Project Description

  • The Marquis Hills Area Sewer Project is a New Hanover County-funded project to provide gravity sanitary sewer to the Marquis Hills area, allowing for the removal of failing septic sewer systems. This project is funded through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund as it will improve water quality in the area. The project will serve areas included in the Marquis Hills, Arrowhead, and Silver Lake neighborhoods as well as properties along Silver Lake Road
  • Marquis Hills Project Map (PDF)