Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Yadkin Regional Water Supply (YRWS) project?
The project is a collaborative effort between Union County, North Carolina and the Town of Norwood, located in Stanly County, to meet the growing demand for water in the region. This project will include a new water intake and pumping station in Norwood to access Lake Tillery and a 21-mile pipeline to bring that water to Union County residents in their Yadkin River Basin service area.
Why is Union County partnering with the Town of Norwood in Stanly County?
Union County is partnering with the Town of Norwood to access and transfer water from Lake Tillery and, in turn, the Town of Norwood will gain new water intake infrastructure and an ongoing revenue stream to support other critical projects.
How much will the YRWS project cost?
The initial construction phase of the project is currently estimated to cost $138 million and will include water intake and pumping infrastructure, water transmission piping from Lake Tillery to Union County and a new water treatment facility within Union County.
When will construction begin?
If an Interbasin Transfer (IBT) certificate is issued, Union County and the Town of Norwood will continue additional permitting and design efforts. Construction is anticipated to begin in early 2019.
How long will the project last?
Construction is anticipated to begin in early 2019. The water treatment facility is expected to be operational by early 2022 and will serve Union County and the Town of Norwood residents for years to come.
How much property is needed for this project?
It is not yet known how much property will be needed for the project. It is anticipated that the water intake infrastructure will be constructed on existing Town of Norwood property. The water transmission pipeline will utilize existing road right-of-ways to the extent possible. Union County will need to acquire additional land in Union County for the water treatment plant.
How many properties will the pipeline impact?
It is not yet known how many properties may be impacted, but the plan is to maximize the use of existing road right-of-ways in lieu of property acquisition to the extent possible.
Is there enough water for drought conditions?
Extensive water modeling of the Yadkin River and Lake Tillery indicates that adequate water is available to support water supply needs including during drought conditions. Union County also has a Water Use Ordinance that requires reduction in water use by its customers during drought conditions to preserve the water supply.
How will this project affect the water levels at Lake Tillery?
Extensive water modeling on the Yadkin River and Lake Tillery indicates that the impacts on lake elevations will be minor to the point of being difficult to determine by visual observation.
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Are other solutions being considered?
Yes, several alternatives have been considered to meet the growing water demand in Union County. After extensive research by environmental engineers, it was determined that the YRWS project is the most financially feasible solution to provide a long-term water supply to Union County.