GARLAND – Town officials are looking forward to improving the town’s gravity sewer lines and manholes, with the assistance of a $1.56 million grant leaders were notified they received just last week.
Mayor Winifred Murphy was notified by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (NCDENR) Division of Water Infrastructure last week about the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) approved by the State Water Infrastructure Authority and awarded to the town.
“We are elated that this funding has been made available to improve the waste water collection system,” Murphy said. “We will continue to work to improve the town’s infrastructure, economy, and the quality of life for the citizens of Garland.”
The CDBG project was written to rehabilitate Garland’s waste water collection system, including the 12-inch interceptors and lift station which was constructed in 1964.
System operators report extensive spikes in flow at the wastewater treatment plant during wet events. It increases the operational cost, limits the town’s ability to accept future flows, and is a risk for sanitary sewer overflows, which can impact water quality and the environment.
“This grant will upgrade the aging equipment, improve reliability and will reduce the potential of future violations,” Murphy said.
The mayor said Garland’s was one of 10 applications approved in July. More than 60 applications were submitted for the May 1, 2014 grant cycle. In Sampson County, Roseboro, Autryville, Turkey and Clinton also applied during that cycle.
For the CDBG, NCDENR established a rating system for applications. Criteria included the economic and the severity of needs (notice of violations and a system over 50 years old).
Economic needs were based on low to moderate income level; poverty level over 35 percent; and water/sewer bill greater than 3 percent of median household income.
The project will reduce operational costs, provide additional capacity to accept future flows, and will reduce the potential for sanitary sewer overflows, waste water treatment plant violations due to the infiltration and inflow, and will reduce environmental risks.
“The project is also intended to improve water quality in and around town,” Murphy said. “Upon completion, the project will result in an improved standard of living within the town of Garland and will be a community-wide benefit. The reduction in operational costs will also allow Garland to utilize revenues from sewer customers to further correct other deficient items within the system.”
According to a schedule, the implementation will continue through 2015 and 2016 and includes contracts, reports and receiving bids for the project.
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