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More signups needed for Southwest Chatham Water District

Posted Friday, March 13, 2009

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Pittsboro, NC - While new applications for water service in Chatham County’s Southwest Water have been received, “we are still short of the number we need to proceed with construction,” said Roy Lowder, director of the Utilities Department.

The Southwest District needs at least 515 households to sign up for county water, but “we also must have at least 10 customers per mile to ensure that specific roads or sections of roads will be served,” Lowder said. “This is the minimum number needed per mile for the project to be financially viable.”

Those who sign up in advance can take advantage of the 90% discount on the tap fee. “This is a huge discount and will help ensure that you have water in the future when other options may not be available,” Lowder said.

Applicants for county water in the southwest do not have to submit the $500 tap fee immediately. “We will let you know when it’s time to pay the fee, which will be after the required 515 households have signed up.”

Households and businesses with property on the following roads are slated for phase one construction in the Southwest District. Property owners on these roads should apply for water service as soon as possible, or construction cannot begin:

• Barker Road
• Beal Road
• Bennett/Siler City Road
• Bernard Purvis Road
• Bonlee/Bennett Road
• Bruce Phillips Road
• Calvin Phillips Road
• Charlie Garner Road
• Clarence Phillips Road
• Devils Tramping Ground
• Falls Creek Church Road
• Goldston/Carbonton Road
• Henry Oldham Road
• Hoyt Scott Road
• J Cook Road
• Jerry Frye Road
• NC Highway 42
• Reno Sharps Store Road
• Robert Chapel Road
• Sandy Branch Church Road
• Siler City/Glendon Road

Lowder said that he is concerned that people in urgent need of county water, such as businesses requiring greater volume or people with failing wells, will not be able to get it. “Some of your neighbors may be depending on you to sign up to help them out of a bad situation.”

He added that “we continue to hear from people that they have been told that their wells will be condemned if they sign up for county water. This is just not true. People getting county water can continue to use their well water for farming, landscaping, any other outdoor purpose, but they just can’t use it for indoor household plumbing.”

The county has ample water supply, which was demonstrated during the severe 2007 drought. “While lake water levels were certainly down, we were better off than most local governments and had enough water to help Siler City provide water for major businesses.”

The county has just signed a long-term agreement to buy additional water capacity from the City of Durham. Lowder noted that the county is also working with other local government partners to build a new water intake on the west side of Jordan Lake, which will further enhance the county’s water supply.

Water for the Southwest District will come from Siler City, City of Sanford or the County Water Treatment Plant. “We have made and will continue to make improvements to our water system,” Lowder said.

To request a Southwest District Water Service Application or to ask questions, call 919-542-8270. Those with internet access also can apply online. Click here for more information and to download a copy of the application form.

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