Updated strategy expected Monday on county water project
Commissioners in Vance County are expected to receive updated information on the county’s water project and marketing strategy Monday evening.
Residents in the areas of Williamsboro and Townsville are a big part of the next phase of the project.
Commissioner Deborah Brown chastised Deputy County Manager Jordan McMillen for the marketing strategies he first presented at the board’s October meeting.
Brown said the ideas proposed were too broad and asked that McMillen return before the board with additional information.
McMillen’s new proposal will provide residents with more details about the water system, such as the average monthly water usage compared with other monthly household bills.
For example, the average household water usage in Tier 1 counties is roughly 3,600 gallons per month, which would equate to a monthly bill of $55.88 in Vance County.
This is compared to $71 for an average individual cellphone bill, $76 for standard cable television and $111 for an average residential electric bill.
The new marketing campaign will also place greater emphasis on the benefits associated with county water that are not available with a well.
For example, wells are more susceptible to contamination than public water and can be affected by power outages.
Like the previous proposal, the county plans to reach residents through reverse 911 calls that can take place within targeted areas and can be set up on a quick basis as needed.
McMillen said the new marketing campaign will utilize local media outlets as well as the county website, which will be updated as the project progresses.
At its upcoming meeting, the board will also receive an update on phase 1A, where some residents are already connected to county water.
Those who signed up for water in phase 1A were recently mailed an informational packet that explains some important steps that must be completed before connecting to the county’s system.
The first step is to complete the Vance County Water District Service Application, which must be submitted along with any fees to Envirolink.
Once residents receive notification from Envirolink, they can hire a licensed plumber and apply for a $50 plumbing permit from the Vance County Planning and Development Department.
The plumbing permit is needed before the line is installed between the home and the meter box. The homeowner is responsible for obtaining a plumbing permit and covering the costs associated with installing the line from the property to the meter box.
After the plumber connects the line, the planning department will need to witness disconnection from the well. Envirolink will be notified to install the meter the same day that the well is disconnected.
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