Camden sewer plant bid OK'd


By Chris Day
Multimedia Editor

Monday, March 12, 2018

CAMDEN — A Dare County company has been awarded a $4.2 million contract to build Camden County's second wastewater treatment plant.

At their meeting last week, the Camden Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 to award the contract to Hatchell Concrete Inc., which is based in Manteo.

According to county documents, the new treatment plant will have a capacity to process 50,000 gallons of wastewater per day. The plant will be built off U.S. Highway 158 about 2 miles east of the intersection of U.S. 158 and N.C. Highway 34. Besides construction costs, the project will include an access road, and water, sewer and storm drainage utilities.

According to the contract with Hatchell, work on the wastewater plant is to be "substantially completed" on or before April 26, 2019.

The construction project was designed by Eastern Carolina Engineering PC, of Camden. The county is financing the plant’s construction through several sources, including a $200,000 Golden LEAF grant, an extra $1.4 million awarded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration and $2.7 million in county funding.

Camden’s first wastewater treatment plant, located in South Mills Township off U.S. Highway 17 near Keeter Barn Road, was at about 70 percent of its 100,000-gallons-per-day treatment capacity several years ago. State law requires communities that operate wastewater treatment facilities to develop plans for a second wastewater facility once the first one reaches 85 percent of its capacity.

More information about Camden’s new waste treatment plant project is posted online at camdencountync.org.