Interbasin Transfer

The Town of Fuquay-Varina has partnered with the City of Sanford to purchase up to 6 million gallons per day (mgd) of finished water from the City to meet the Town’s water supply needs over a 30-year planning period. Finished water will be transferred from the Cape Fear River basin (Lee County) to the Neuse River basin (Wake County). An interbasin transfer is defined as the regulated movement of surface water from one river basin to another. Law does not prohibit transfers, but requires that effects of the transfer on the source and receiving basins be quantified prior to the transfer. The proposed water balance and interbasin transfer (IBT) meet the statutory definition of a transfer per General Statutes 143-215.22G and 215.22L, therefore the Town of Fuquay-Varina must prepare an Environmental Impact Statement, conduct Public Hearings, and submit a petition to the Environmental Management Commission for the IBT Certificate.  The process is anticipated to take three years.  This webpage will provide information on the status of the IBT request during this process. 


Public Meetings


The Town of Fuquay-Varina will hold public meetings to receive comments on their request for an interbasin transfer (IBT) certificate from the source river basin of the Cape Fear River basin to the receiving river basin of the Neuse River basin. The Town currently serves customers in the both the Cape Fear and Neuse River basins. The Town is requesting an IBT certificate for an average day over a maximum month transfer of approximately 4 million gallons per day (mgd) from the Cape Fear River basin to the Neuse River basin. The requested transfer amount is based on 2055 water demand projections in the Town’s service area. 

These meetings are being held to provide stakeholders and the public an opportunity to participate in this project through an open and active public process in accordance with North Carolina General Statute 143‑215.22L.   Read Full Notice of Public Meeting


The Following Meetings are Scheduled:


October 14, 2020, 6:30 PM
Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center
(overflow parking lot)
1192 US Hwy 64 West Business
Pittsboro, North Carolina 27312

October 20, 2020, 6:30 PM
Cary Towne Center Mall 
(parking lot facing former Sears location adjacent to Cary Towne Blvd)
1105 Walnut Street
Cary, NC 27511

October 21, 2020, 6:30 PM
Cross Creek Mall
(parking lot adjacent to Macy’s at intersection of Skibo and Morganton Roads)
419 Cross Creek Mall
Fayetteville, NC 28303