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Meetings planned to discuss new Chatham water districts

Posted Thursday, February 5, 2004

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Meeting dates have been set to establish three Chatham County water districts and a May bond referendum to pay for them.

The meetings are scheduled for Feb. 10 at Silk Hope School for the North Chatham Water District (Hickory Mountain, Hadley and Albright townships), Thursday at Moncure School for the Southeast Chatham Water District (Cape Fear, Haw River and Oakland townships) and Feb. 19 at Harper's Cross Roads for the Southwest Chatham Water District (Bear Creek and Gulf townships). All meetings begin at 7 p.m.

A bond referendum is expected to be held in May, which would determine the future or providing county water to the three areas.

The first phase of the North Chatham project will be a $5 million project, with anticipation the referendum will be held for approximately $9 million to include two phases of water main extensions.

The first phase of the Southeast Chatham project will be a $2.5 million project, with anticipation the referendum will be held for approximately $5 million to include two phases of water main extensions.

The first phase of the Southwest Chatham project will be a $4 million project, with anticipation the referendum will be held for approximately $7 million to include two phases of water main extensions.

The estimated costs to customers include a one-time tap fee per household of $500 during construction and $2,000 after construction. The monthly water bills are expected to be $32 to $40 per month (depending on sign-up rates) for average usage of 5,000 gallons per month.

Material provided by the public works department on each water district includes the following information:

* It is anticipated that no tax funds will be used to fund and operate the district expansions. It is necessary that a 80 percent customer participation rate be obtained for the system to be financially feasible.

* Residents may continue to use existing wells for such purposes as watering gardens, livestock and other outside uses. Wells must be physically disconnected from the public water system.

*A bond referendum will be held to request general obligation bonds. Failure to the bond referendum will prevent the project from moving forward."

For more information, call the Chatham County Department of Public Works at (919) 542-8254

 
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