Sewer treatment plant changes could clear way for growth

sewer expansion

City, state and federal officials turn over dirt to mark the start of Havelock's sewer treatment plant expansion duirng a ceremony on Friday.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Friday, May 10, 2013 at 05:27 PM.

Havelock Mayor Jimmy Sanders wanted to shout it from the rooftop.

“We’re open for business. We’re open for business. We’re open for business,” the mayor emphatically said.

City, state and national leaders joined to turn over ceremonial shovels of dirt to commemorate the start of an $11million sewer treatment plant improvement on Friday in Havelock.

“I want to make it absolutely clear that this is to the military. We’re open for business, and this is to any civilian companies or to anyone thinking about doing business in the Havelock area, we’re open for business,” Sanders said during Friday’s ceremony.

The project, paid for by an $8.5 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development and $3 million from the city, calls for a plant renovation and relocation of the city’s treated wastewater pipe from Slocum Creek to the Neuse River.

When finished, the city’s available sewage capacity will increase from 1.9 million gallons per day to 2.25 million gallons per day, with the potential to later increase to 3.5 million gallons per day with additional plant improvements.

The increase clears the way for potential residential and commercial growth.

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