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$2.2M in water line repairs begin next week

Posted on September 16, 2021

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A $2.2 million project to pay for replacement of 8,500 linear feet of drinking water pipe in Lucama will begin Monday.

Drew C. Wilson | Times

A $2.2 million project to pay for replacement of 8,500 linear feet of drinking water pipe in Lucama will begin Monday.

dwilson@wilsontimes.com | 252-265-7818

LUCAMA — A long-awaited state project to replace the town’s drinking water lines could begin as early as Monday.

A pre-construction meeting associated with the $2,227,200 grant project from the N.C. Division of Water Infrastructure was held Sept. 2 at Lucama Town Hall.

Selma-based Corbett Contracting Inc. received the $898,925 contract to replace the town’s galvanized iron water lines with about 8,500 linear feet of 6-inch water lines, including associated accessories and automatic flushing hydrants, according to N.C. Department of Environmental Quality spokeswoman Cathy Akroyd.

J.L. Britt Electric Inc. of Mount Olive has the $403,050 contract to install backup generators at well sites No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 and at the town’s water treatment plant.

Custom Controls Unlimited LLC of Raleigh has the $226,930 contract to install a supervisory control and data acquisition electrical control system at the town’s wells, water treatment plant and its elevated water tank.

Akroyd said the generator and SCADA work is expected to begin around Oct. 25.

Farmville-based McDavid Associates Inc. was awarded a $346,000 technical services contract for the planning and design, bidding and award phase and construction phase.

The Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments was awarded $179,200 in funding administration services.

Akroyd said the water line work should be complete by Jan. 18, the generator work should be complete by April 3 and the SCADA work complete by May 3.

Lucama town residents have complained for years about discolored water. Laboratory tests found the water to be high in manganese and iron content.

This is the second major N.C. Division of Water Infrastructure project for Lucama in the last two years.

A $488,990 project to rehabilitate well No. 3 and replace the old filter media in the town’s drinking water plant was completed in 2020.

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