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Boone Irons Out Plans for New Water Source PDF Print
Written by Adam Hicks   
Sunday, 10 August 2008 16:42

The Town of Boone is moving forward with both an environmental assessment and an education effort for a proposed water intake facility on the New River, according to Town of Boone Manager, Greg Young.


Young reported, Charlotte-based WK Dickson is working toward completing an environmental assessment that will be reviewed by various departments and agencies, as well as the public.  G&T Communications, Incorporated will be involved with educating the public about the need for the facility and its impact on both the Todd and Boone communities. 

According to Mayor Loretta Clawson, the Council is making every effort to stay on the forefront of guaranteeing a dependable water supply for the future, and important parts of that process include informing and listening.

 Clawson also said WK Dickson is extremely knowledgeable about the project, having researched more than 27 different potential water intake locations.  According to Young, the new water intake facility is in response to state guidelines for meeting the public’s need for drinkable water.  When a water system reaches 80 % of capacity, the N.C. Department of Environment & Natural Resources recommends a plan for expansion.  When the system reaches 90 % of capacity, the state recommends the expansion be under construction.  If not underway by that point, Young said, the state could impose a halt on new water hookups. Young reported, Boone went over the 80 % mark in 2006 and is projected to surpass 90 % next year. The town is requesting a permit to withdraw 4 million gallons of gallons per day from the New River at the new facility.  The water would go into Boone’s water system to be cleaned, used, cleaned again and returned to the New River upstream at its facility on Greenway Trail.  According to the town, more than 99 % of withdrawn water is being put back into the river, and it contains fewer impurities than when it was taken out. 

More information about the current status of the town of Boone’s public utilities is available by going to and clicking on the “Public Utilities” link under “Departments.”

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