H2GO History

The Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer was originally created with the purpose of providing treated water to preserve and promote the public health to the citizens in the Leland area.

The Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer had its early beginning with a group of about twenty-five to thirty residents from the Leland area back in 1969. This group met in the Old Leland School Cafeteria Building, now known as the Leland Community Center, located behind the Old Leland Post Office on Village Road. Among these few residents were Jimmy Cook, Jennie Mintz, Catherine Clark, Donald Ray White, Mike Mitchell, Joe Gainey, and Virginia Browning, just to name a few. From these meetings the Leland Sanitary District was created on May 8, 1976 by the state of North Carolina Commission for Health Services. Before the creating of the Leland Sanitary District the boundaries and the population of the District had to be determined and then a petition had to be signed by fifty-one percent of the resident freeholders within the boundaries. A joint public hearing was held with the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners and with the North Carolina Department of Human Resources on March 11th 1976 at the North Brunswick High School. Thirty-three residents from Leland attended this hearing, in which 28 voted in favor of creating a Sanitary District and none opposed. At the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners regular meeting on March 15th 1976 a resolution was adopted by that board to approve the creation of the Leland Sanitary District. On July 15th 1982 the Leland Sanitary District entered into a contract with engineers to construct a water distribution project for the area.

A set of rules and regulations were adopted by the Leland Sanitary District’s Board of Commissioners on June 6th 1985 for the proper and orderly management of the water distribution system and the proper repayment of any loans received for the construction of the system. Funding for the water distribution system was accomplished by a Clean Water Bond Grant, FMHA Loan General Obligation Bonds and Other Grants.

Olde Towne Subdivision which had an existing water system was purchased by the Leland Sanitary District in 1988.

Initially the board members of the Leland Sanitary District were appointed by the Brunswick County Commissioners; the first five to be appointed to the board were Virginia Browning who served as the first chairman of the District, Jennie E. Mintz the first Secretary, Joe Gainey, T. A. Moore and Lewis Brown. The first election for the Board members of the Leland Sanitary District was held on November 5th 1985. The first elected members of the Board were Boyd C. Williamson, Chairman, Patsy A. Elliott, Secretary, George E. Mintz, Leo J. Nowak and Ava V. Thomas. The office would be held for a term of four years. The property where the Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer’s Building sits today on Village and Woodland Avenue was purchased in November 1988. The original Building was built in 1989 and was renovated to its present state in February 2006.

On November 24th 1997 due to the Town of Leland being incorporated within the Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer’s boundaries, a resolution was made changing the name of the Leland Sanitary District to the Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer, which more accurately described the boundaries and the geographical service area of the District.

In May of 2001, the Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer took over the Belville Treatment Plant and Belville’s Sewer System. In May of 2002 the Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer received approval from the state of their Plans and Specifications to put in a Sanitary Sewer Collection System Beginning with Village Road, this system is still expanding along with the water system as of today.

The Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer began servicing their first customers in 1987 and began with approximately 350 customers. Over the past twenty years the District has grown to have a customer base of about 10,000.

The Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer began with the purpose of promoting the health and welfare of the people here in the North Brunswick area, and it is still our primary purpose. The Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer’s employees are dedicated to providing our customers with the best all around service as possible and we are pleased to serve the district of North Brunswick.

The following is a list of all the citizens that I have been able to track that have served on the Board of Commissioners of the Leland Sanitary District and the Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer, if anyone has been left out I do apologize, please inform the Clerk to the Board.

  • Virginia Browning
  • Doug Smith
  • Joe N. Gainey
  • Jennie E. Mintz
  • Patsy A. Elliot
  • Albert O. Mitchell
  • Joe Gainey
  • Boyd C. Williamson
  • Elgie Jones
  • T. A. Moore
  • James Cooke
  • Perry Davis
  • Jeff Gaskill
  • George E. Mintz
  • Stephen Craft
  • Lewis Brown
  • Leo J. Nowak
  • Julius Adams
  • Willie Beatty
  • Ava V. Thomas
  • Julius D. Lewis
  • Preston Johnson
  • Jean Speight
  • Carl Antos
  • William Browning
  • Bobby Johnston
  • Buddy Lewis
  • Archie Sellers
  • Catherine Clark
  • Donald Ray White
  • Edison Moore
  • Dwight Crainshaw
  • Grace Beasley
  • Curtis B. Thomas
  • Minnie Brown
  • Frances Murrill
  • Poe Butler
  • John D. Crowder III
  • Ron Jenkins
  • Jeff Gerken
  • Trudy Trombley