by Ann Hertzer
Dub Heglar was Superintendent of Public Works for Kure Beach from 1961 to 1986 in charge of water, sewer, streets, and sanitation (trash). The town switched from septic systems to the sewer system when Kure Beach incorporated. They had permission to pump raw sewerage to the river. Henicker Ditch drained all of Wilmington Beach and the overflow from the Carolina Beach Lake. EPA stopped that.
Dub put in water and sewer lines as Kure Beach added on. A lagoon treatment plant was built right after Dub went to work for the town about ’64 or ’65. Kure Beach still has one down there. Everything from Kure Beach Village and Hanby goes into that modern one and is much cheaper.
Ft. Fisher Blvd., Atlantic Ave, 3rd Street, 4th Street, 5th Street, over to 7th had water and sewer put in about 1953. These 3 and 4-inch foot pieces of old terra cotta pipe are the lines that they’re updating. Joints have come loose, draining water. Hopefully, water bills will come down when all the work is done in Kure Beach because so much surface water collecting in the old sewer lines has been pumped to Carolina Beach. Kure Beach pays for Carolina Beach treatment.