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Nash water system set to expand

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Pipes for the new Northern Nash Water System sit along N.C. 43.

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Friday, July 12, 2019

Nash County’s water system continues to grow and soon will include the rest areas on Interstate 95.

The Nash County Board of Commissioners during its Monday morning meeting voted to approve an amendment to the water purchase agreement with the city of Rocky Mount.

As part of the February agreement related to infrastructure of the Northern Nash Water System, the city and county agreed to changes to the existing water purchase contract. The city has agreed to an increase in Nash County’s daily allocation of water by 70,000 gallons per day.

The original agreement from November 2006 was for 450,000 gallons per day. With the assumption of the Dortches system and the requested additional amount, the total amount of water purchased is 565,000 gallons per day, said Jonathan Boone, the county’s director of public utilities and facilities.

The state Department of Environmental Quality Water Infrastructure Division gave approval in November to the project’s plans and specifications, a required milestone.

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 million project.

Anyone interested in learning more about the water project can 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.