Construction bids on Havelock sewer project fall below budget

Published: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 01:48 PM.

At the earliest, the project would start in spring.

The project is designed to increase sewer capacity in the city, which would allow for more business and residential growth.

Freeman said the effort to expand sewer capacity dates back 20 years.

"If Havelock was really going to take off, than they needed to do this project," he said. "This project has been needed for the city for quite some time. To have it actually come to reality is great. It puts a new chapter in the city of Havelock."

The project calls for expansion of the city’s wastewater treatment plant and relocation of the plant’s discharge pipe from Slocum Creek to about six miles away, across Cherry Point, to the Neuse River.

Havelock’s available sewer capacity has dwindled to about 100,000 gallons per day.

The three-phase expansion project will initially boost overall capacity from 1.9 million gallons per day to 2.25 million gallons. With other improvements, the total capacity could be raised to 3.5 million gallons per day. 

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