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Water utilities in southeastern North Carolina have plans to carry out significant infrastructure upgrades by constructing a new pipeline, arguing that a regional approach to infrastructure funding is the only possible way to make sure the project does not mean a steep rise in costs for consumers.
According to Star News Online, the project is so ambitious that it will take approximately 30 years to complete and will cost around $60 million. Utilities believe that by building the new pipeline they will be able to deliver an extra 60 million gallons of water per day to the region spanning from the Cape Fear River to Dam No. 1 in Bladen County. The area has been experiencing population growth over the past few years and this has led to an increase in water demand.
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The project will be led by the Lower Cape Fear Water and Sewer Authority. Its executive director, Don Betz, explained that the 60-inch pipeline will run underground and will have the capacity to deliver the vast majority of the water needed in the area.
Commenting on the funding for the project, Betz stated that the cost will be manageable and will be shared by three counties and thousands of consumers.
Brunswick County Manager Ann Hardy said that this large-scale project is the most cost-effective solution for local water needs.
Construction works may start later in 2014.