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Water Resources begins Capital Improvement Project

Water Resources begins Capital Improvement Project
Posted on 05/08/2020

A Capital Improvement Project has begun that will ease the transportation of wastewater to the city of Rocky Mount’s Wastewater Treatment facility. The project involves replacing four screw pumps at the sewer lift station located along N.C. Highway 97.

The project, which will begin in the phase of replacing two screw pumps this fiscal year, is expected to be completed in September 2020. After completion, each screw pump will be able to meet its capacity of 10 million gallons of wastewater per day. The pumps being replaced were performing at a rate of 3-4 million gallons per day and were nearly two decades old.

Reduced pumping capacity threatens the overall efficiency of not only the Wastewater Treatment Plant operations, but also the sewer collection system, which could result in sanitary sewer overflows or sewer backups into residences or businesses.

The cost of this phase of the project is $640,000. A replacement of the new screws, which are 58 feet in length and weigh 25,500 pounds, is not expected for another two decades.

“This project is a critical part of the infrastructure in our wastewater collection system,” said Brenton Bent, Water Resources Director. “Our department is committed to providing the highest quality product for our citizens, and we are thankful that our City Council and leadership agreed that such a project is of high importance.”