The Town of Spring Lake purchases its water from both PWC and Harnett County. North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources requires ALL water systems to take one month every year to change their water treatment process. Every year, this happens in the month of March. Every year, a notice is sent to all customers informing them of this process. This process does not make the water unsafe or bad to drink, in fact most people do not notice any difference in the water. However, because there is a change, we are required to notify all residents.


Some users of water may be affected by the temporary change in the treatment process. Water customers should be aware that residual traces of ammonia and chlorine must be removed from the water prior to its use in fish aquariums and ponds,kidney dialysis and some commercial manufacturing of food and beverage.

This is an annual process and is required by the state for all water systems. During this time, the water is safe to drink, wash dishes, bathe and use as you normally do. If you have questions, please call Water Operations at (910) 497-3390 x1612 or 1604.


The Spring Lake Fire Department will conduct its annual testing/flowing of all the fire hydrants in the Town of Spring Lake and the Manchester districts during March Burnout starting March 1, 2017. This process should be completed by mid-April. Signs should be posted throughout the Town stating the location of the testing/flowing for citizen notification. Please stay alert in these areas, be mindful of the firefighters, equipment and any standing water. This testing/flowing of the hydrants is an annual requirement mandated by the State of North Carolina. It is necessary to open the hydrants completely to allow water to flow and clean out any residue or build up in the lines. During this process, data will be collected for statistical analysis. Water discoloration is possible throughout this process depending on the sediment build up and how long the hydrant has to flow. Regardless of how it may appear, the water is safe to drink. If you experience issues with your water during this time, please allow water to run through your faucets until it clears. Should you have any questions, please feel free to call the Fire Department's non-emergency number at (910) 436-0337 and speak with the Captain on duty or the Fire Chief. Keep in mind, Harnett County and PWC will be doing the same thing during this period.


Beginning on March 1, 2017, the Fayetteville Public Works Commission will temporarily stop adding ammonia to its water treatment disinfection process. The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources requires all water systems that add ammonia to their drinking water to discontinue its use for a one-month period annually to ensure that any biological growth that may have occurred within the distribution system is controlled. PWC will resume adding ammonia to the water treatment disinfection process on April 1, 2017 During March, some users of PWC water may notice chlorine odor as a result of this change in our treatment process. Some users of water may also experience periods of discolored water as a result of the required distribution system flushing that will accompany this change back to chlorine-only disinfection. Fire hydrants on the PWC water distribution system will be opened periodically throughout the month to flush the system. Water customers should be aware that during this time, traces of ammonia may still be in the water. Therefore, PWC recommends that water customers, who pre-treat to remove chloramines prior to the water being used, could continue to do so. The Public Works Commission began adding ammonia to the water treatment process in March of 2003. Using ammonia in the treatment process helps to reduce disinfection by-products such as Trihalomethane. The one-month return to chlorine-only disinfection is not expected to cause any significant increases in disinfection by-products. The Public Works Commission has been in compliance with all disinfection by-product limits since beginning the addition of ammonia in March of 2003.


Beginning March 1, 2017 Harnett County Public Utilities will temporarily change it’s drinking water disinfection from Chloramines (Free Chlorine plus Ammonia) to just Free Chlorine by stopping the addition of ammonia to its water treatment disinfection process. This change is a requirement by North Carolina Public Water Supply Section, which governs the operation of the County’s water system. The County will resume the addition of ammonia to form Chloramines for the water treatment disinfection process on,April 1, 2017 The County began adding ammonia to the water treatment process in August of 1993. Using ammonia in the treatment process helps the County reduce the amount of Trihalomethanes and Haloacetic Acids, by-products formed when water is disinfected with chlorine. This little over four week return to chlorine only disinfection is not expected to cause any significant increase in Trihalomethanes or Haloacetic Acids. Trihalomethanes and Haloacetic Acid levels are strictly regulated in the drinking water industry, and the County has maintained compliance with all limits on Trihalomethanes and Haloacetic Acids since regulations were put in place. Some users of water may be affected by the temporary change in the treatment process. Water customers should be aware that residual traces of ammonia and chlorine must be removed from the water prior to its use in fish aquariums and ponds, kidney dialysis and some commercial manufacturing of food and beverage. The County also conducts flushing of the water distribution system during this period to hasten the change of chloramines to chlorine residual disinfectant. The system flushing may result in some minor discoloration of the County’s water. Water customers affected by this change include those who pay water bills to Harnett County Public Utilities as well as those who pay bills to the Towns of Lillington, Angier, Coats, Linden, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, Spring Lake, East Moore Water District, Moore County Public Utilities – Pinehurst, Johnson County Utilities, Aqua N.C. (Woodlake), Linden Oaks or live and/or work on base at Fort Bragg. If you have any questions about this temporary change in the water treatment process, contact Public Utilities Water Treatment Plant Superintendent Allan O'Briant by phone 910-893-7575 ext. 3238, e-mail or by mail at Harnett County Public Utilities, P. O. Box 1119, Lillington, N. C. 27546.


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Privilege License Update and Law change

Session Law 2014-3/House Bill 1050 states that beginning on July 1, 2015, local governments will no longer have authority to levy the privilege license tax with the exception of beer, wine and taxi. Any new or existing business will no longer be required to obtain or renew a privilege license. In accordance, renewal notices will not be mailed for current year licenses expiring on June 30, 2015.


Key points of the privilege license tax legislation:

  • Businesses which hold North Carolina ABC Commission permits must still apply for the Cumberland County Beer/Wine Permit with the Finance Department.
  • Even though a privilege license will no longer be necessary after July 1, the Town’s Ordinance requires that a zoning permit must be obtained before each new business can occupy a commercial space. Please visit our Inspection Department webpage or call them for more details.
  • Business Link North Carolina (BLNC) will assist businesses with what is needed to operate in North Carolina. Phone (919) 447-7828 or toll free at (800) 228-8443.

Please keep the letter below on file should you need proof that a business license is no longer required. If you have any questions regarding this change, please contact the Town of Spring Lake Revenue office at 910-703-8912.

Business License exception and law change 2015


Department of Transportation Environmental Study

(as communicated directly from Richard W. Hancock, PE, Manager, Project Development & Environmental Analysis Unit, NCDOT)


The North Carolina Department of Transportation (Department) is constantly working to provide better and safer transportation facilities for public uses in North Carolina. The effects that theses proposed facilities have on the human and natural environment are of great concern to the Department and must be adequately described in environmental documents, such as Environmental Assessments or Environmental Impact Statements. As part of this process, the Department is obligated to identify and document environmental resources so that they can be avoided or impacts reduced Streams and wetlands are two of the resources that must be identified during the review process.  The Department has begun planning studies for the proposed widening of Odell Road (S.R. 4202) from Fort Bragg boundary to Bragg Blvd. (NC 24-87) in Spring Lake, Cumberland County, TIP Project U-5605.


Over the next several weeks, representatives of the Department, as well as the US Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District, Regulatory Division, may be present on your property for the purposes of conducting or verifying the limits of waters and wetlands pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and/or Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899. These representatives will be wearing orange safety vests, have picture ID badges, and will be hanging pink and black flagging, or ribbons, on trees and shrubs to identify the limits of streams and wetlands, if present, on the property. This flagging DOES NOT indicate the location of a proposed transportation project, but it is very important in our environmental review process. Please do not disturb this flagging.


Please note that if the U.S. Army Corps of Engineering has already issued a Jurisdictional Determination on your property confirming the presence of streams and/or wetlands, or if you have general questions or comments about the project, contact the NCDOT Planning Engineer Joseph Miller by mail at 1548 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1548, by phone 919-707-6031 or via email at  If you call, please mention NCDOT project number U-5605.