Thursday, June 20, 2024

Pender begins construction of expanded Scotts Hill infrastructure

Pender County Fire and EMS Director Everette Baysden, Pender County Utilities Director Kenny Keel, Pender County Commissioner Jerry Groves, Commissioner Chair Jackie Newton, Lower Cape Fear Water and Sewer Authority Chair Norwood Blanchard, Commissioner Wendi Fletcher-Hardee, and Pender County Manager David Andrews at the groundbreaking of a water infrastructure project in Scotts Hill. (Courtesy/Pender County)

PENDER COUNTY — Pender County broke ground on a multi-million-dollar infrastructure project Friday that will increase capacity for the growing area.

Officials took part in the ceremony, which launches construction of a new elevated water tank and well fields in Scotts Hill. The total cost is $13.2 million and scheduled to be completed by May 2024.

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“This infrastructure project is important to Pender County,” Pender County Board of County Commissioners Chair Jackie Newton said in a press release. “We’re increasing the water capacity in Hampstead and Scotts Hill by approximately 750,000 gallons per day and most importantly will improve fire flow in the Scotts Hill area.”

The project headed up by Pender County Utilities includes the construction of a 500,000-gallon elevated water tank and three well facilities.

The tank and one well will be adjacent to the Pender EMS and Fire Station 18, according to Pender County Utilities director Kenny Keel. The other two wells will be built next to South Topsail Elementary School on Hoover Road and the existing Hampstead water tank on U.S. 17 near Topsail High.


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