Work moves ahead on water system


Staff Writer

Monday, November 19, 2018

Nash County officials expect to soon advertise construction bids for the Northern Nash Water System project, a large expansion of the current Nash County drinking water system.

The state Department of Environmental Quality Water Infrastructure Division gave approval of the plans and specifications. The required project milestone occurred Nov. 15.

The Northern Nash Water System project will include construction of a new 250,000-gallon elevated storage tank, water source wells and approximately 50 miles of new water lines.

Nash County officials in collaboration with the towns of Red Oak and Dortches have worked together to design the project and secure state loan and grant funding for the $9,545,000 project. The county is now asking residents to assist with the necessary task of securing easements.

The county is working to notify all property owners in the project area where easements are needed to accomplish the public benefit of providing citizen access to the drinking water system, said Stacie Shatzer, assistant county manager.

“The county is pleased with the progress of this project and encourages citizens who receive correspondence from us to please respond," she said. "The project requires a number of permanent and temporary easements and communication with landowners is vital to our forward progress.”

Residents are encouraged to monitor mail deliveries, telephone messages and posted information on residential and commercial property locations as county staff continue to communicate with property owners. A variety of customer-recruitment incentives are still available for both residential and commercial connections but will be expiring soon, according to county staff.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Northern Nash Drinking Water project is encouraged to call the Nash County Public Utilities Department at 252-462-2436, visit the office in the Claude Mayo Jr. Administration Building on West Washington Street in downtown Nashville or visit the Nash County website.