McCrory administration connects Alamance County town to reliable water

Friday, May 6, 2016 - 12:00am

The Alamance County town of Ossipee will gain an additional 100,000 gallons of water capacity now that a five-mile section of waterline connecting the town with the city of Burlington’s water system has been completed. This is thanks to the McCrory administration’s water infrastructure program, which funded the $2.4 million project.

The completion of the project ends the town’ water availability and reliability challenges related to drought conditions. It will also allow Ossipee to disconnect from a well system, with the added advantage of increased water capacity for fire protection.

State environmental officials joined Ossipee and Burlington officials on Thursday to celebrate the completion of the Highway 87 Waterline Project.

State environmental officials participated in a valve-turning ceremony at the Altamahaw Ossipee Fire Station #2 in Elon, marking the completion of the waterline project.

“We are proud to fund projects in communities where water challenges affect the quality of daily life,” said Seth Robertson of the state environmental agency. “Safe and reliable water infrastructure is critical to protecting public health and encouraging economic development in North Carolina’s small towns.”

The Connect NC bond passed by voters in March 2016 provides another $309.5 million for water and sewer infrastructure improvements in North Carolina, with the main focus on small and medium-sized towns. 

DEQ’s Seth Robertson (Division of Water Infrastructure) and Ossipee and Burlington officials toast the completion of the Highway 87 project, which joins the town of Ossipee with the City of Burlington's water system.

Information about the state environmental agency’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and other drinking water and wastewater funding programs is available at: http://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/water-infrastructure.