Chapman said that McGill did a study back in 2005-2006 to determine areas of the county in need of water system improvements. Since that time, the county has installed some main water lines which helped improve interconnectivity.
The current project will add 71,090 feet of new water lines that could serve 295 households. The total project cost is $5,070,761.70, which includes a $3,000,000 zero-interest loan and a $1,971,335 loan with a maximum interest rate of 1.91 percent from the North Carolina Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. The county will provide $99,426.70 in local funds to pay a 2 percent loan fee.
Eight-inch water lines will be installed on portions of Zeb Watts Road, Liberty Grove Church Road, Dula Loop, Ned Herman Road, Poly Bowman Road, Deal Farm Lane, Kirkpatrick Lane, Espie Little Road, Icard Ridge Road, Teague Town Road, B&T Lane, and Fox Court.
Chapman said that easement acquisition should start in February, with a bid to be awarded in June. He expects the construction contract to be executed in July 2019, with construction to begin in September for approximately 300 days.
“This water project is exciting because we are able to provide this much-needed resource to households on these 12 roads. The value to these families is tremendous,” said Commission Chairman Dr. Jeff Peal. “While running water lines is fairly expensive, we are fortunate to have the zero and low-interest loans from the state. We will be considering other areas in need of water infrastructure so we can continue to improve our water system and provide resources to even more of our citizens.”