Water may flow in the county by next week
After repeatedly pushing back the date when residents can expect water, the project director said there could be water flowing from faucets as early as next week.
At the Vance County commissioners’ meeting Monday night, David Townsend told the commissioners that phase 1A of the county's water project is nearing the final stages and residents in Sandy Creek Township could begin receiving water before the end of the month.
The previous project manager, Rob Bernard, recommended a pump station at the water tank in phase 1A because there is not enough pressure to fill tank. As the water flows through the supply line, there is friction loss that degrades the pressure from the main water supply to the water tank.
Though the station pump has not been constructed, Townsend said it would not slow down the progress of phase 1A. Still, the commissioners were not entirely convinced that water could arrive by next week.
“If I look skeptical, it’s because I am,” said commissioner Gordon Wilder.
While phase 1A is nearly complete and county water could soon be available in households, some residents say the monthly rate is too high.
Lawrence Brame, who lives on Kelly Road, said he wants to opt out of the five taps he signed up for.
“There’s a lot of people on a fixed income that can't afford 60 extra dollars a month,” Brame told the commissioners Monday night.
Brame said the cost of his well water is about $4 per month, compared to county water at $63 per month.
At the water district board’s meeting last month, the commissioners voted to approve a base fee of $30 and a water rate of $7.19 per 1,000 gallons.
The average water bill in phase 1A would be around $63 if there were 1,750 customers using the water system.
In other business:
• The board voted to approve a resolution requesting the N.C. Wildlife Resource Commission enact a “no wake zone” at the head of Mill Creek.
The board received a letter from Norman Tingen, who expressed safety concerns about the area and asked the board to pass the resolution.
“These wakes left behind have flipped a 2‐year‐old while the child was in their kiddie inner tube next to shore. Fortunately, so far the parents have been next to them to help them,” Tingen wrote in his letter.
• The board also voted to approve a request from the Board of Education for an additional $50,500 of lottery funds for building security. The security project was slated to cost $202,000 over four years.
The school board recommended phases one and two take place at the same time in order to gain an additional $29,000 worth of work, without the cost.
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