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Current Water and Sewer Projects:

Water and sewer projects are developed using the County’s Utility Prioritization Tool which ranks projects using certain criteria. This may not be a complete list of current water and sewer projects. The County’s Capital Improvement Plan is updated annually with the budget process, effective July 1. For more information, please contact the Utilities and Engineering Department at 828-465-8261 or contact us by email.

Blackburn-Plateau Water Supply Loop Project

The Blackburn – Plateau Water Supply Loop Project (map) is part of the County’s overall water supply plan. In the current Board of Commissioners approved Water and Sewer CIP, the Blackburn – Plateau Water Supply Loop Project is separated into two projects, the Blackburn Bridge Road Project and the Wilfong Road Project, scheduled for 2012 and 2013 respectively; neither include an extension along Plateau Road south of Grace Church Road to serve the newly constructed Propst Fire Department station. Originally, the project’s qualifying needs were predicated upon water provisions, fire protection, and providing a necessary water supply loop to Plateau, Grace, a portion of Hickory-Lincolnton Highway (Blackburn landfill western boundary), Wilfong Road, and Blackburn Bridge Roads (Blackburn landfill southern boundary) and the Town of Maiden. The County’s Utility Prioritization Tool advanced the projects in the Water and Sewer Capital Improvement Plan after reevaluating them as an integrated project that includes an extension to serve the new Propst Fire Department station and new requests for waterline extensions received from the Propst Fire Department and the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation (EDC).

On February 2, 2009, the Board of Commissioners approved the engineering contract for the project to be executed with McGill Associates, PA and approved a grant application, and funding for the design and engineering portion of the Blackburn – Plateau Water Supply Loop Project.

Staff was notified on May 7, 2009, that the County was the recipient of a $3 million loan for the Blackburn-Plateau Water Loop with $1.5 in the form of a principal forgiveness loan and $1.5 million in the form of a zero percent interest loan having a 20-year term with payments estimated at $75,000 annually.

The estimated cost for the Blackburn-Plateau Water Loop project is $3,642,580. As stated earlier, the funding of $3 million consists of $1.5 million in a 0% loan with no payback and $1.5 million in a 0% interest loan paid back over 20 years; the estimated payment is $75,000 annually. There is also a one-time processing fee of 2% of the loan amount which equates to $60,000, which will be appropriated from the fund balance of the Water and Sewer Construction Fund as well as the remaining $642,580. At this time, staff anticipates that the appropriations and grant acceptance will be made at the time of bid award for the construction of the project, unless the ARRA guidelines dictate otherwise.

Bunker Hill/Oxford School Sewer

On April 12, 2006, the County received approval for State grant assistance in the amount of $3 million from Public Water Supply, Construction Grants and Loans designated to the costs of providing sewer service to Balls Creek Elementary School and Bunker Hill High and Oxford Elementary Schools. $1.4 million was applied to complete the Balls Creek Elementary School project during 2007. The remaining $1.6 million will be applied to Bunker Hill/Oxford Elementary Schools Sewer project.

The Bunker Hill/Oxford Sewer Project (map), will provide sewer service to Bunker Hill High, Riverbend Middle School, and Oxford Elementary School in order to address the aging sewage disposal systems at these schools, which have increasing operating and maintenance costs.

On May 15, 2006, the Board of Commissioners approved two interlocal agreements between Catawba County and the City of Conover.
  1. A revenue sharing agreement for the Bunker Hill Sewer Project that will provide sewer service to Bunker Hill High and Riverbend Middle Schools and surrounding areas, and
  2. A revolving loan contract for the Oxford Elementary School Sewer Project that will provide sewer service to Oxford Elementary School and surrounding areas.
On October 2, 2006, the design was awarded to McGill Associates, P.A. by the County Board of Commissioners. The County is in the process of acquiring necessary easements before construction begins.

Rocky Ford Road/Startown Road Water

The Rocky Ford/Startown Road Water (map) was initially introduced to the County by the City of Newton to enhance their ability to provide water service to industrial property on Highway 10 West. Additionally, the project will enhance the fire flow rate to County's EcoComplex and the surrounding area by looping an existing water line on Rocky Ford Road to an existing water line on Startown Road.

This project will consist of a 12-inch diameter water line complete with valves, hydrants, and related appurtenances extending from the existing water line along Rocky Ford Road, near Woodtech Drive to Startown Road, then along Startown Road near Fire Department Road, containing approximately 18,000 linear feet.

Statements of Qualification are being accepted from engineering firms until February 17, 2009 at which time a firm will be selected for the engineering design of the project.

Southeastern Catawba County Wastewater Collection System

The Southeastern Catawba County (SECC) Waterwater Collection System project will provide a safe and economical means of wastewater disposal and treatment for Sherrills Ford Elementary School, area property owners, and future economic development. This project benefits all citizens of Catawba County.

The SECC Wastewater Collection System is being developed in two sections; northern and southern. The northern section will begin at Sherrills Ford School on Sherrills Ford Road and extend northerly to the existing Hickory-Catawba Wastewater Treatment Plant located in the Town of Catawba. The southern section will begin at Sherrills Ford School and extend southerly to Highway 150, the westerly along Highway 150 to the new Highway 16 and 150 interchange. In addition to this project, the Hickory-Catawba Wastewater Treatment Plant's capacity will be upgraded.

Northern Section (map)
The northern section of the Wastewater Collection System will consist of a 1,200 Gallon Per Minute (GPM) pumping station to be located at Sherrills Ford Elementary School, a 1,300 GPM pumping station to be located at Terrapin Creek, a 1,300 GPM pumping station to be located at Balls Creek, approximately 15,757 Linear Feet (LF) of 14" sewer force main, approximately 48,263 LF of 16" gravity sewer, and necessary appurtenances.

Project Schedule:
  • April 16, 2007 - Design awarded to AECOM USA, Inc. (Formerly known as Hayes, Seay, Mattern & Mattern, Inc.) by the County Board of Commissioners
  • March 4, 2008 - A drop-in informational meeting held at the Town of Catawba Town Hall
  • April 17, 2008 - Construction bids opened
  • June 16, 2008 - Construction bids awarded by the Board of Commissioners for the following divisions:
    • Division I which consists of the construction of the Sherrills Ford Pump Station to be located at Sherrills Ford Elementary School awarded to Fuller Contracting Company of Mocksville in the amount of $935,000.00.
    • Division II and III which consists of the construction of the Terrapin Creek Pump Station to be located on Mollys Backbone Rd at Terrapin Creek, and the construction of the Balls Creek Pump Station to be located on Browns Chapel Road at Balls Creek awarded to James E. Harris Construction Company of Huntersville in the amount of $709,030.00 and $762,745.00, respectively.
    • Division IV, V, and VI which consists of the construction of 14,423 linear feet of 14” sewer force main piping between the Sherrills Ford Pump Station and the Terrapin Creek Pump Station along Sherrills Ford Road, Mollys Backbone Road, and Monbo Road, and the construction of 19,143 linear feet of 16” sewer force main piping between the Terrapin Creek Pump Station and the Balls Creek Pump Station on Monbo Road, Long Island Road, and Brown Chapel Road, and the construction of 28,551 linear feet of 16” sewer force main piping between the Balls Creek Pump Station and the Hickory-Catawba Wastewater Treatment Plant awarded to Ronnie Turner Construction Company of Hickory in the amount of $608,503.35, $780,560.25, and $1,410,267.95, respectively.
  • July 2008 - Construction begins
  • June 2009 - Construction completed

  • The project schedule is a guideline and subject to change

    Southern Section (map)
    The southern section of the Wastewater Collection System will consist of 85,000+/- linear feet (LF) of varying size sewer lines, pumping stations, and related appurtenances. This portion of the project is currently under design.

    Project Schedule:
  • April 16, 2007 - Design awarded to McGill Associates, P.A. by the County Board of Commissioners

  • The project schedule is a guideline and subject to change.

    Southeastern Catawba County (SECC) Water Supply Loop

    This project benefits all citizens of Catawba County. The looped distribution system provides uninterrupted service during system maintenance, repairs, and emergencies. The number of citizens impacted magnifies the importance of this loop.

    The SECC water distribution loop is being developed in three co-dependent phases.

    Phases I and II
    Phases I and II are complete and in service.

    Phase III
    (map)
    Phase III of the SECC Water Supply Loop will consist of approximately 64,051 Linear Feet (LF) of 12-inch through 24-inch water line, a pumping station, water storage tank, and related appurtenances.

    Project Schedule:
    • September 6, 2005 - design awareded to AECOM USA, Inc. (Formerly known as Hayes, Seay, Mattern & Mattern, Inc.) by the County Board of Commissioners
    • June 26, 2008 - Construction bids opened
    • August 25, 2008 - Drop-in informational meeting held at Mt. Ruhama Baptist Church
    • September 2, 2008 - Construction bid awarded by the Board of Commissioners for Division III, to Davis Grading, Inc. of Shelby, NC in the amount of $4,424,151. Division III consist of approximately 64,051 linear feet of 12-inch, 16-inch and 20-inch water lines combined.
    • June 2009 - Estimated construction completion
    Jonathon Greer
    Contact:
    Jonathan Greer
    Utilities & Engineering
    Landfill-Project Manager
    Phone:(828) 464-6411
    JDGreer@catawbacountync.gov

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