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Election 2017: H2GO Board, Part 1

Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO, popularly known as H2GO, is a water and sewer utility in Brunswick County that serves the northeast portion of the County including Leland, Belville, parts of Navassa, and some customers located outside of these municipal boundaries. Since 2011, the utility has worked towards building its own Reverse Osmosis plant. Constructing a $30-plus million plant is controversial with opponents concerned the project is not necessary and would saddle consumers with higher utility rates. Three candidates are in support of the plant.

Carl Antos is the current Secretary of the H2GO Board of Commissioners, and supports building the reverse osmosis plant to fix the water problem in the Cape Fear River.

“We have a cure for the problem. We are the only one in this area that can cure that problem for perhaps 25,000 people.”

Ron Jenkins is current Vice Chair of the H2GO Board of Commissioners, and also supports the project.

“We have been working on this project for six years. The longer we wait, the cost will continue to rise, so I think now is the time to go ahead and get this plan done. We need to go ahead and get it done.”

Rodney McCoy is a Leland resident, a business owner, and is running in support of the reverse osmosis plant as well.

“My concern is clean water. You know all the stories about GenX and its related products. I’ve got family, I’ve got small family, friends, and I want safe water for them I want safe water for everybody in the area. Leland and H2GO is going to be the leader, in actually solving our problems.”

Election Day is November 7. Early voting is underway. 

Rachel hosts and produces CoastLine, an award-winning hourlong conversation featuring artists, humanitarians, scholars, and innovators in North Carolina. The show airs Wednesdays at noon and Sundays at 2 pm on 91.3 FM WHQR Public Media. It's also available as a podcast; just search CoastLine WHQR. You can reach her at rachellh@whqr.org.