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The South Fork Sewer Project Breaks Ground

Last week marked an important milestone for the South Fork Sewer project, which has been a 10 year public-private effort between The Town of McAdenville, Pharr Yarns, Two Rivers Utilities, The City of Gastonia, and Gaston County. Split into two phases, this project will improve wastewater treatment for The Town of McAdenville and Pharr Yarns, one of the area’s largest employers. Currently, Pharr Yarns in McAdenville has a 50 year-old, privately operated wastewater treatment plant. In addition, the Town of McAdenville has a 50 year-old municipal wastewater treatment plant that serves the community’s 680 residents.

A suburb of Charlotte, Gaston County is expected to grow exponentially in the coming years. The project will replace the two aging sewage treatment plants and provide the infrastructure needed to support this growth, in addition to providing improved water quality in the South Fork River. A new pump station is being constructed along with more than two miles of new sewer pipes. Wastewater from McAdenville will be pumped through the new pipes to Gastonia, where it will be treated at TRU’s Long Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, the region’s most advanced treatment plant. The two outdated wastewater treatment plants in McAdenville will be demolished. Phase II will finish construction in early 2019.

We were honored to attend the South Fork Sewer Phase II groundbreaking ceremony on November 15th held at the Pharr Family YMCA in McAdenville where leaders of the project offered thanks and congratulations to the many stakeholders who made this project possible. The Mayor of McAdenville Jim Robinette, gave opening remarks followed by the Director of Two Rivers Utilities, Matt Bernhardt, and CEO of Pharr Yarns, Bill Carstarphen.

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