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Joint Evidentiary Hearing
Petition for Revocation of Franchise for the Provision of Wastewater Utility Service
Webb Creek Water and Sewage, Inc.
(Docket No. W-864 Sub 14)
Application of Pluris Webb Creek, LLC to
Provide Sewer Utility Service in Areas Now Served by
Webb Creek Water and Sewage, Inc.
(Docket No. W-1314 Sub 1)

The hearing previously scheduled for December 7, 2017
has been rescheduled and will now be on
Monday, January 8, 2018, at 1:30 a.m.

Commission Hearing Room 2115, Dobbs Building
430 North Salisbury, Raleigh

On June 7, 2017, the Public Staff – North Carolina Utilities Commission filed a complaint and petition to revoke the franchise of Webb Creek Water and Sewage, Inc. (Webb Creek). Webb Creek is franchised to provide wastewater utility service for about 1,100 residential customers and 7 commercial customers (including Sand Ridge Elementary School) in these Onslow County subdivisions: Buckhead; Creekertown; Creekertown Villas; Cooper’s Court; Foxden; Foxlair; Fox Trace Sections I, II, and III; Fox Trace Section IV, Phases 1 through 6; Fox Trace Section V; Fox Trace Point I and II; Jack’s Branch; Jack’s Branch Townhomes; and Quail Roost.

The Public Staff’s petition stated that: (1) Webb Creek has incurred more than 400 violations and penalties from the NC Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Water Resources; (2) the president of Webb Creek was incarcerated in federal prison in November of 2016 where he is serving a 17-year sentence for bank fraud; and (3) Pluris Webb Creek, LLC (Pluris), has been operating the Webb Creek system pursuant to an August 8, 2016 order whereby the Commission appointed Pluris the system’s emergency operator.

On June 13, 2017, Pluris applied to become the permanent wastewater provider for Webb Creek. Pluris proposes a flat monthly fee for residential customers of $37.69 per month, which is the same fee now in effect. Commercial fees would also remain the same: a base monthly fee of $28.34, with a per gallon charge of $9.04 per 1,000 gallons.  The sewage connection charge would be $3,200.

Pluris is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with a business office and call center in Sneads Ferry, North Carolina.

The evidentiary hearing on February 8, 2018, will address both the Public Staff’s complaint petition and Pluris’s application for approval of a franchise and rates. Expert witnesses from the Public Staff, Webb Creek, and Pluris will testify, be cross examined, and answer the Commission’s questions. Members of the public are welcome to observe the hearing but there will be no opportunity for public testimony.

Documents about the Public Staff’s complaint petition can be found here.

Documents about Pluris’s application can be found here.

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