On May 18th, the Town will break ground for the expansion of Terrible Creek Waste Water Treatment plant which will take approximately 30 months to complete. The plant is located at 5812 Hilltop Road, Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina.
The town's population has grown significantly since the Terrible Creek Waste Water Treatment Plant was originally built in 1997 as a 0.50 million gallons per day treatment plant facility discharging to Terrible Creek in the Neuse River Basin. Since then, Fuquay-Varina has grown from approximately 6,800 in population to more than 25,000 and is expected to approach 35,000 people by the year 2020.
The capacity of the plant was expanded in 2001 to 1.0 million gallons per day however, the plant's current treatment capacity is insufficient to meet future needs. The current expansion plans would increase treatment capacity from 1 to 3 million gallons per day and provide treatment capacity in the Neuse River portion of the Town until at least 2034.
The new expanded plant will include a new influent pump station, pretreatment facility, biological nutrient removal tanks, secondary clarifiers, disk filters, ultraviolet disinfection, chemical storage and feed building, maintenance building, administrative building and a truck loading facility. The construction contract was awarded in March 2016 to Crowder Construction Company located in Apex, North Carolina in the amount of $27.4 million. Design, permitting, equipment and construction administrative costs bring the total project cost to $34 million. In January 2016, the Town Board authorized $34 million in revenue bonds be sold to fund the project. User fees will be utilized to repay the bonds.
The Terrible Creek Waste Water Treatment expansion is expected to be complete in November 2018.