Havelock High and ECU grad named director of Public Services Department

Published: Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 03:28 PM.

"It looks like everything is falling into place for us," Ebron said.

Ebron said another area of focus will be reduction of inflow and infiltration, such as rainwater, into the sewer system. That includes video and smoke testing to find leaks.

"Some of our biggest culprits are broken cleanouts in people’s yards," Ebron said. "They are not usually big in nature generally, but if you looked all over the city, a couple of drops there and a couple of drops there, by the time you add up everything you’re looking at four or five thousand gallons a day going to the sewer plant that’s unnecessary.

"Will you ever solve it 100 percent? Absolutely not. My only goal is trying to hold it down to an acceptable level. It’s always a never-ending battle with aging infrastructure that’s under the ground. The efforts that are put into that are cheaper than building capacity onto the plant."

On the water side, Ebron said the city’s recent acquisition of the Fleet Reserve property on Webb Boulevard is a "game changer" for the city. The property is next to the city’s water plant on Brown Boulevard.

"That will allow us tremendous opportunity for the future, so that when we want to expand that water plant, we now have the property to do it," Ebron said.

Ebron wants to make collection of yard debris as well as bulk brown and white trash items more efficient.

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