The development of water and wastewater infrastructure is absolutely critical for economic development, and the County has initiated several major projects. A new 2 mgd water treatment plant is under construction at Pender Commerce Park on US 421, and will be operational in the fall of 2012. The plant is expandable to 6 mgd with little additional investment. Pender County has an agreement with the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority for construction of a wastewater plant in the industrial park as well. These projects will not only facilitate industrial development within the Commerce Park, but will also open up other development opportunities along the US 421 corridor in western Pender County.
Major water projects on the horizon include constructing a parallel water line from Rocky Point to Wallace, and a parallel water line from Rocky Point to US 17 in eastern Pender County. The Scott’s Hill water distribution system project was completed in the fall of 2011.
The County is also planning for the provision of wastewater services throughout Pender County, which is critical for sustaining growth and development. The US 117 wastewater line from Burgaw to Wallace has been recently completed and is available for service. Integra Water, LLC has been working with Pender County for several years on the provision of wastewater service to the US 17 and NC 210 corridors in eastern Pender County, and those plans should come to fruition in the near future. Wastewater capacity has been increased for the Rocky Point area, and additional capacity will be available in the near future. And a wastewater system to serve the Maple Hill area is currently under construction. This system is expected to be operational by mid-2012.
Pender County has made considerable progress in the past several years to expand and upgrade its public utilities, and that investment will pay off in the years to come as the county faces development pressures.