LUMBERTON — Sewer projects in Robeson County are getting an injection of more than $2 million from the state.
The Department of Environmental Quality has awarded $1,997,500 in Community Development Block Grant money to the city of Lumberton. Parkton has been awarded a $135,000 grant, and Fairmont a $150,000 grant.
Lumberton will use the money to address failing septic systems at Rosewood Mobile Home Park, located at 3525 E. Elizabethtown Road, City Manager Wayne Horne said Monday. City leaders became aware of the septic tank problems when residents and the park’s owner brought it to their attention.
City officials visited the park on multiple occasions to assess the problem, Horne said. They then developed a plan to address it.
The project will cost just more than $2 million, Horne said. The park’s owner will contribute $25,900 to cover the cost of connecting the new system to homeowners who are not below the economic poverty line.
“It’s a large project for us,” Horne said.
It includes installing about one mile of sewer pipes and building a new lift station, he said. Then the roadway will need to be repaired and the old septic tanks removed.
The city must find someone to design the project, get the design approved by City Council, and then seek and approve a bid for doing the work.
“It will be six to eight months before work begins,” Horne said.
Parkton will use its $135,000 to conduct a wastewater system asset inventory and assessment, said Wanda Dockery, town clerk and finance officer.
“The COG (Lumber River Council of Governments) helped us complete an application to work on an assessment of our sewer system,” Dockery said.
Town leaders sought the money so the inside of sewer system can be videotaped, she said. The goal is to produce a map of the system and discover potential or existing problems, such as roots growing into a pipe, so the problems can be addressed.
“We’re trying to be proactive with our assets,” Dockery said.
No project start date has been established.
The $150,000 in grant money awarded to Fairmont also will also be used for a wastewater system asset inventory and assessment.
The awards to Lumberton, Fairmont and Parkton were among a total of nine going to municipalities in Robeson and Columbus counties announced Monday by state Sen. Danny Britt Jr., whose District 13 includes the two counties.
“Each of these grants are important to the health and well-being of our citizens in these towns and communities. This is good news and I’m happy to see these much needed improvements for Columbus and Robeson County,” Britt said.
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