By Beth Lawrence
Work has finally begun to replace Tuckaseigee Water and Sewer Authority’s elderly sewer lift station near Creekside Oyster House.
“We don’t expect a lot of activity all at once,” TWSA Director Daniel Manring said. “The actual work on that project won’t take all that long. The time is in waiting on special materials that are made just for that project.”
The undertaking received the final green light from N.C. Department of Water Infrastructure when the department approved Frizzell Construction Company’s $1,454,760 bid in September.
Replacing the aging lift stations has been a years-long process. The two stations are located on Scotts Creek and are over 30 and 50 years old, respectively.
The need was identified in the 2016-17 fiscal year, and TWSA began to search for grants and loans to cover the cost of the work.
Currently work is in the staging process clearing land and placing a storage unit on site. The next step is to excavate the hole for the sewer pump station’s wet well, followed by the pumps and pipe.
“It’s kind of a drawn out project because of lead times,” Manring said. “That’s a project that I know the maintenance guys that are working with our collection system will sleep a little better at night when that project is completed. We’ll have a dependable pump station that’s working properly.”
Lift stations are mechanisms to move wastewater from a lower elevation to a higher one when a slope is steep enough to impede natural gravitational flow.
The two pumps, crucial mechanisms in TWSA’s sewage collection process, will receive new pump stations, controls and generators.