Work begins on Camden's second sewer plant
By Reggie Ponder
Saturday, June 30, 2018
CAMDEN — Camden County recently began work on a second wastewater treatment plant that will help spur more development along the county’s U.S. Highway 158 corridor.
The $4.2 million plant, which will be located off U.S. 158 about 2 miles east of the highway’s intersection with N.C. Highway 34, will be capable of processing 50,000 gallons of wastewater per day.
Camden officials held a groundbreaking ceremony for the project on Monday.
Camden County Manager Ken Bowman said Friday that construction began on the plant site about two weeks ago and is on target to be completed in June 2019. Manteo-based Hatchell Concrete Inc. was awarded the construction contract in March.
So far the contractor has brought construction equipment to the site and begun excavation work, Bowman said.
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.
Bowman said the new plant will carry about half the capacity currently being treated by the South Mills facility and also will allow new customers to tap on to county sewer lines.
The project will open a lot of acreage along U.S. 158 up for development and make parcels easier to market, Bowman said.
“We’ve got interest in this area already,” Bowman said.
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.
Besides construction costs, the project will include an access road, and water, sewer and storm drainage utilities.