Sewer treatment plant changes could clear way for growth

Published: Friday, May 10, 2013 at 05:27 PM.

“We’ve been struggling for years with not enough sewerage and having to turn away from development opportunities,” Havelock Commissioner Danny Walsh said. “Now we can take just about anything that comes along that we like. We’re not looking for problems. We’re looking for expansion and we’ve got the sewer to do it. Sewer is king.”

City officials specifically thanked Cherry Point and Department of Defense leaders, who allowed the new pipe to run through the base to the Neuse River. Going around the base would have added thousands of dollars to the cost of the project.

“Without the help from Cherry Point, we could not have gotten this done,” Walsh said.

Sanders said that at one point the city was down to just 10,000 gallons of available sewage before exceeding the system’s capacity. He had a specific message to defense leaders and said the city was ready to handle more people.

“We want new missions,” he said. “If you want new missions in North Carolina, Cherry Point is the place to put them. There is no place in this country where the military is more welcome than in eastern North Carolina and especially here in Havelock.” 

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