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City Infrastructure Receives Funding – Brevard, NC

 

August 5, 2019



The N.C. Division of Water Infrastructure (NCDWI) has approved a $500,000 grant and a $1,583,000 no interest loan for the city of Brevard’s Gallimore Road Sewer Rehab Project.

“The purpose of this project is to reduce rain dependent inflow and infiltration (I&I) into the Gallimore Road Pump Station,” said David Lutz, the public works director. “The Gallimore pump station on heavy rain events overflows and must be reported as sewer system overflows, or SSOs. SSO events also lead to fines from the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality.”

City Manager Jim Fatland said the 20-year loan equates to an $79,150 annual loan payment.

“This is great news in our effort to address sewer infrastructure rehab projects with excellent financing terms from the State Revolving Loan Program,” he said.

The NCDWI ranked the project number one out of 27 drinking and wastewater projects in the state.

“This project was previously identified in a settlement agreement between the City of Brevard and the Water Quality Regional Operations Section NCDEQ,” said Fatland. “This project was one of five projects identified in the agreement, intended to eliminate I&I (inflow and infiltration) and future SSOs, and bring the city into ‘consistent compliance.’ In addition to the regulatory benefits of the proposed project, there is a monetary value associated with this project as well.

The current cost to treat sewer at the wastewater treatment plant is approximately $7.80 per 1,000 gallons of flow. According to city staff, approximately 53 million gallons of I&I were captured in the city’s equalization basin between December 2017 and March 2019.

The cost to treat this volume of rainwater is over $413,000, or approximately 5.6 percent of projected water and sewer revenues during this timeframe.

The consulting engineer firm for the project is the Summit Engineering Group, Inc., out of Spartanburg, S.C.

“The proposed project consists of the replacement of a portion of the 12-inch gravity sewer along Brushy Creek/Norton Creek, the replacement of the 12-inch gravity sewer along Jumping Branch, and the replacement/rehabilitation of the 8-inch gravity sewer along Singing Branch,” said Alvin Fuller, the project manager with Summit.

In addition, there will be a replacement of 1,500 linear feet of 8-inch clay gravity sewer with new 8-inch PVC gravity sewer, replacement of 7,500 linear feet of 12-inch clay gravity sewer with new 12-inch PVC gravity sewer, installation of 400 linear feet of 8-inch cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) liner, installation of 45 new manholes, 115 sewer service connections and associated pavement repair.

The project calls for the design to be completed by March 2021, with construction starting in the fall 2021.

“North Carolina’s communities need strong, resilient water infrastructure to support economic development,” said Gov. Roy Cooper, who approved the $112 million in loans for communities across the state. “These loans begin to address the challenge based on the greatest need. To close the remaining funding gaps, I have proposed an education and water bond in this year’s budget so that more towns and counties can get the foundation they need to grow and attract jobs.”

According to Cooper’s press release, the 20-year infrastructure needs for the state range from $17 billion to $26 billion for drinking and wastewater systems, as estimated by the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

Funds selected for the statewide projects were awarded through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and the Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan program.

“Aging water infrastructure, often installed more than a century ago, is a major challenge in North Carolina and nationwide,” according to Cooper. “Towns are often overwhelmed by the costs of addressing the pressing needs of their utilities, and the costs increase when needed work is postponed.”

Kim Colson, director of DEQ’s water infrastructure division, said the funding made available will “protect drinking water and build, repair and maintain systems that need to be resilient not only for future storms but to pave the way for economic opportunity.”

Councilman Mac Morrow, who is also the city’s Public Works Committee chairman, said, “Once again this shows the city’s commitment as good stewards of the French Broad River Basin. The city has invested over $20 million in completed sewer rehab projects the past five years in our strategic plan to address sewer system overflows.”

 
 

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