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Water bonds on July 20th ballot

Posted Saturday, June 19, 2004

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The July 20 election in Chatham County will include bond referendums for the three newly established water districts.

The public works department anticipates that no tax funds will be used to fund and operate the district expansions.

They are the Northwest Chatham Water District (Hickory Mountain, Hadley and Albright townships), the Southeast Chatham Water District (Cape Fear, Haw River and Oakland townships) and the Southwest Chatham Water District (Bear Creek and Gulf townships).

The county has held public information sessions in each of the three districts.

The first phase of the Northwest Chatham project is anticipated to cost $5 million. The referendum ask for approximately $9 million to include two phases of water main extensions, according to information provided by the county's Department of Public Works.

The first phase of the Southeast Chatham project is anticipated to cost $2.5 million, with a referendum for approximately $5 million to include two phases.

The first phase of the Southwest Chatham project is anticipated to cost $4 million project, with a referendum for approximately $7 million to include two phases.

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.

The public works department anticipates 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.

Failure of the bond referendums will prevent the project from moving forward.

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

 
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