|Town of Boone Focuses on Environmental Concerns for New Water Intake Facility|
|Written by Adam Hicks|
|Friday, 14 November 2008 08:10|
Boone voters have approved a $25 million bond referendum for a new water intake facility to help meet the growing need for water, and now the town will focus on an environmental assessment currently underway.
According to the Town Manager Greg Young, a “scoping” letter was mailed last month to several agencies and departments who will be reviewing the assessment.
Young said the town’s engineers have finished their investigative work related to the environmental assessment. He explained that on completion of that process, which may be close to the end of the year, there will be a 30-day period for public comment.
Some Todd residents opposing the project, have expressed concerns ranging from opposition to putting recycled water into the New River to pharmaceuticals that are put back into the waterway.
According to Young, Boone has been withdrawing water for its citizens from the New River for many years and the water put back into the river has gone through an advanced water treatment facility.
Young said the water treatment plant is one of the top 10 in the state and the water has to meet strict governmental standards before being put back into the New River. He said Boone has been a good steward of that water and will continue to be with the new water intake facility.
Young also said the town is sensitive to concerns about pharmaceuticals being in the water. He said there are currently no state or federal standards for levels of pharmaceuticals in wastewater. Young explained Boone’s wastewater treatment facility meets all standards set by the state. Young said Boone will be responsive in complying with any new pharmaceutical standards when – and if – they are determined by North Carolina.
Young went on to say the design of the facility is progressing with plans to help it look like a typical barn. Plans are also developing for the pipe intake and transmission lines.
More information about the current status of the town of Boone’s public utilities is available by going to www.townofboone.net and clicking on the “Public Utilities” link under “Departments.”
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