Creedmoor Leaders eyeing Oxford’s Water

By WILLIAM F. WEST :

The [Henderson] Daily Dispatch
The Herald-Sun
OXFORD — Creedmoor leaders, concerned about long-term pressure on municipal utilities resulting from Triangle area sprawl, are eyeing a possible sewer and water hookup with Oxford.

 Creedmoor Mayor Darryl Moss and a delegation of his fellow officials spent about an hour and a half Monday trying to persuade Oxford’s leaders that installing the lines would be a “win-win” deal along a U.S. 15 corridor ripe for development.

Oxford’s assets are a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant with an abundance of capacity, plus a water link to the John H. Kerr Reservoir via a regional plant overseen by Henderson.

Creedmoor’s reasons for coming to the table were two-fold.

The southern Granville County municipality’s water source, Lake Rogers, is small and has a pre-World War II processing plant. Compounding the situation, Creedmoor officials said, is a sewer treatment plant at neighboring Butner without the capacity to handle future growth.

Creedmoor is pulling roughly 280,000 gallons a day from Lake Rogers, whose plant capacity is 450,000 gallons daily, said Dan Boone, Creedmoor’s private engineer.

Creedmoor sends roughly 280,000 gallons of daily sewage to the South Granville Water and Sewer Authority (SGWASA) plant at Butner, with SGWASA’s daily limit for Creedmoor being 550,000 gallons, Boone said.

The state is studying SGWASA’s discharges into Falls Lake, Raleigh’s water source, meaning SGWASA is constricted in processing the waste, Boone said. As for future sewer and water service being sought from Oxford, Boone said that, depending on Creedmoor’s growth rate, “It could be anywhere from a half-million gallons a day to a million gallons a day in 20 years.”

Although project costs were not discussed at Monday’s meeting, Boone said the price for sewer piping would be at least $11 million, while the price for the water piping would be at least $5.7 million. Sewer pipes would require a pumping system, while water pipes would be operated by gravity from Oxford’s elevated water tank system.

Terms of such an agreement would mean Creedmoor has to pay Oxford at least a $1.5 million “capacity fee” for an interest in Oxford’s wastewater treatment plant, Boone said.

That plant treats about 1.1 million-1.2 million gallons a day, with the capability of treating 3.5 million gallons daily.

Creedmoor is continuing to evaluate SGWASA’s effluent capacity.

During Monday’s meeting, Oxford Mayor Al Woodlief asked Moss, “Why don’t you want to do business with SGWASA?”

“We never said that,” Moss quickly replied.

Woodlief rephrased the question to ask, “Why would you not prefer to do business with SGWASA rather than Oxford?”

“This is a business decision,” Moss replied. “And we are evaluating the cost-benefit from SGWASA and the cost-benefit from the city of Oxford. It is just that simple.

 

My two cents, I applaud Mayor Moss for his leadership with this issue as well as many others. He is merely standing up for the best interest of the citizens of Creedmoor. The January 1st increase that was imposed on the citizens of Butner is causing quite a stir in the community. For people on fixed income the increase is really affecting whether or not some do without basic needs. Stay tuned for more about SGWASA in the coming days, you will not want to miss it.

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