PILOT MOUNTAIN — In 2015 a water and sewer system capital improvement plan was completed to help the town identify the needs of the system and determine what was of highest priority.
The study was completed by LKC Engineering, PLLC under then Town Manager Amanda Reid. The purpose of the capital improvement plan was to provide the town officials with a tool to financially prepare for coming capital expenditures needed to maintain service to customers.
The plan was designed to be used of the course of the next 20 years.
At the time of the study, the town provided water to 910 residents and 204 commercial properties, and sewer to 745 residential properties and 199 commercial.
Those numbers have since increased, according to Town Manager Michael Boaz.
The recommended improvements were based on environmental concerns, regulatory requirements, and physical condition of the current systems, while also considering future needs.
The immediate needs according to the study for the water system were water main improvements, water treatment plant and water meter replacement, specifically radio read meters.
The total estimated cost for these three projects at the time was around $1.2 million.
Recently, the Town Board approved installation of the radio read water meters.
The water meter replacement project is to address the aging meters, establish greater accuracy and less lost revenue for the town, while also reducing staff time for completing the task each billing cycle.
The project of replacing the water meters began mid-December, beginning with commercial meters.
Installation of residential meters will begin in March, according to Boaz.
“As of right now we don’t have any future projects planned,” said Boaz.
However, the town Board of Commissioners will begin discussion of projects needed, funding options and implementation of their findings during a monthly workshop in March.
The date for the workshop is yet to be set.
The town has also received grant funding for a interconnection study for their water and sewer system to be connected with a nearby municipality, like Mount Airy.
“We hope to have that study completed in the next few weeks,” said Evan Cockerham, commissioner.
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