Raleigh-ites, prepare yourselves for more construction! Alright, perhaps we are being too dramatic. Nonetheless, the city of Raleigh is in the midst of connecting at transmission main for its new water treatment plant.
The city of Raleigh is the single largest provider of portable water in the Triangle, serving approximately 435,000 customers in Raleigh and the towns of Garner, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Knightdale, Wendell and Zebulon. Its contractor, Park Construction, has successfully tied the new plant’s 48-inch diameter main to an existing 30-inch diameter transmission main. The main is at the E.B. Bain Repump and Ground Storage Tank Facility on South Wilmington Street and Old Fayetteville Road.
The three-phase transmission main for the new water treatment plant is to be constructed at a cost of $23 million. Upon its completion, which is scheduled for November, the transmission main will be a whopping 8 miles long.
The Dempsey E. Benton Water Treatment Plant itself is under construction on 55 acres near Lake Benson and is scheduled to be completed next February. The $90.5 million plant is on-schedule to be completed next February.
This plant will allow Raleigh to meet the area’s future water needs by providing additional water system reliability and capacity. This means that the E.M. Johnson Water Treatment Plant in North Raleigh will continue to operate even after the Dempsey E. Benton plant opens. That’s good news for all of us who know that having a readily available water system is key for the area to keep growing in the future.