Wastewater Treatment


The mission of the Water Pollution Control Plant is to protect the environment by producing high quality effluent discharge as efficiently as possible while ensuring ample capacity for continued growth of Moore County


The Moore County Water Pollution Control Plant is a Division of the Moore County Public Works Department. We are located about 1/2 mile south of Addor on Aberdeen Creek in Moore County. The plant is capable of treating 10 million gallons of wastewater a day. The plant receives and treats wastewater from Aberdeen, Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Pinebluff, Carthage, Camp MacKall and septic tank waste from within Moore County. The plant operates under National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit NC0037508, which is issued by the Division of Water Resources in North Carolina. The plant currently has about 18 miles of interceptor lines and 19 wastewater flow meters from municipal connections.

The Moore County Water Pollution Control Plant is an activated sludge treatment facility with two stages of aeration and three stages of sedimentation. Anaerobic digestion is utilized to reduce the volume of sludge, which is subsequently dewatered using belt filter presses.

Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday: 7:00am-3:30pm

Contact Us

  • 1 (910) 947-4345
  • 1 (910) 281-2047
  • 1094 Addor Road, Aberdeen, NC 28315
  • Stephen Morgan, Superintendent

Physical Address

Industrial Pretreatment

What is a Significant Industrial User (SIU)?
Any industrial user of wastewater disposal system who:
  1. has an average daily process wastewater flow of 25,000 gallons or more, or
  2. contributes more than 5% of any design or treatment capacity of the WPCP, or
  3. is required to meet a National Categorical Pretreatment Standard, or
  4. is found by the County, the Division of Water Resources, or the US Environmental Protection Agency to have the potential for impact, either singly or in combination with other contributing industrial users, on the wastewater treatment system, the quality of sludge, the system’s effluent quality, or compliance with any pretreatment standards or requirements.

Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG)

FOG stands for Fats, Oils and Grease. It is a by-product of cooking found in most foods including meat fats, sauces, oils, butter, dairy, baking goods, and food scraps. For more detailed description please visit Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance.

FOG is found anywhere food is prepared. Homes, restaurants and commercial kitchens all contribute to the problem.

FOG is not water soluble. Once it cools, it floats to the surface and starts accumulating in sewer lines. Additional grease and other debris worsen the problem, and eventually the pipe will become completely clogged and a sanitary sewer overflow may occur. FOG is a problem at the treatment plant also because grease interferes with the biological processes and reduces the treatment capacity.

Everyone. Sanitary sewer overflows are harmful to humans and the environment and are costly to clean up. Spills caused by grease can be prevented!

Never put grease down the drain! Read the Residential and Commercial FOG Information and the documents on this page for helpful tips. Inform friends and family of what they can do to help. Contact the Pretreatment Coordinator if you have any questions.

Residential homes and apartments do not need a trap/interceptor. All restaurants and other commercial or food service establishments (hospitals, rest homes, schools, grocery stores, etc) that perform any type of food preparation must have a grease trap or interceptor. If you are unsure of the need or have any questions, contact the Pretreatment Coordinator.

What should I be doing?

Never pour grease down the drain. Let it cool and wipe out all cookware using a paper towel. Dispose of in the trash.
For liquids, keep a container to pour cooled liquids into (examples: coffee can, soup can, jar with lid) then wipe out cookware. Dispose of the container in the trash.
Use your garbage disposal sparingly. Food scraps cause odors, blockages and are a major contributor to FOG problems in the sewage collection system.

What should I be doing?

1. Dispose of all foods, greases, and oils properly in the trash or collection containers.

2. Keep grease traps/interceptors cleaned and maintained on the required schedule.

3. Educate all staff on proper cleaning techniques and practices.

4. Submit reports as required to the Pretreatment Coordinator.

Under-the-Sink Log (Document)
Best Management Practices (Document)
Grease Rendering (Document)

Used Fryer Oil (UFO) can be disposed of at all Moore County Compactor Sites, including the landfill.

Notice of Non-Compliance

See current annual report.

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