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 an approximately 28-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?
Union County and the Town of Norwood will continue additional permitting and design efforts throughout 2018. 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.
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.
I don’t live in Union County. How does this project benefit me?
Residents of the Town of Norwood will benefit from the new water intake and pump station. This new infrastructure is replacing aged equipment that was renovated over 30 years ago.
Residents of Stanly County may benefit from Stanly County’s ability to utilize the new water treatment plant without having to invest any expense to build new infrastructure.
How can I get more information?
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.
Does this pipeline represent the final alignment and route?
No, this route represents a desktop planning analysis route. The next steps will be to gather surveying data, utility locations, and geotechnical information and to use that data to select the best route and alignment.
How did you determine the current pipeline route?
Multiple routes were analyzed. The route presented represents a technically and economically feasible option. The route analysis considered numerous factors including topography, distance, roadway rights-of-way, property acquisition, environmental concerns, and stream crossings.
When will surveying occur for the pipeline?
The current schedule anticipates surveying in the 3rd or 4th Quarter of 2018.
When will the pipeline route be finalized?
The current schedule anticipates this route being finalized in 2019.
Where exactly will the pipeline will be located?
The exact routing is still being studied. When analyzing the possible pipeline route, Union County is planning for as minimal impact as possible on private property.
How can I learn more about the exact pipeline location?
Residents who own property on the proposed pipeline route will be contacted as early as possible to discuss potential options and solutions for acquiring easements on their property.
The Town of Norwood and Union County anticipate additional public meetings to inform and engage with the community as design progresses.
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.
When will construction start on the pipeline?
Subject to permitting, the current schedule anticipates construction starting in the later part of 2019.
I have well water. Can I hook up to the raw water pipeline for water to be provided to my house?
No. The pipeline route contains raw, untreated water direct from Lake Tillery and is not suitable for drinking.
I have well water. Can I hook up to the finished water pipeline for water to be provided to my house?
No, this will be a large finished water main that connects to the County’s existing distribution system. Individual metered services are not typically connected to these types of lines. However, the County’s finished water distribution network will be available for connections to customers.
How much will the pipeline cost?
These costs are still in development, but estimates suggest $60-$90 M.
Intake Facility Questions:
What is being built on the site?
The intake facility includes new water intakes and pumps which will provide raw water to the town of Norwood and Union County..
When will construction start?
Construction is anticipated to begin in 2019.
How long will construction last?
Construction is expected to be completed in 2021 or 2022.
When will the facility go into operation?
The current schedule would anticipates the facility being fully operational by 2021 or 2022.
Will there be fencing or vegetation planted around the facility?
Yes. Fencing will be installed around the facility, as well as landscaping.
Will the facility be loud?
No, noise attenuation will be part of the design..
What is the total cost of the intake facility?
These costs are in development.
Water Treatment Plant Questions:
How will you determine the location of the water treatment site?
The site for the WTP must meet the following criteria and several sites are being considered.
- ‘Single’ pumping to WTP from Lake Tillery
- Close to center of customer demand
- Near major water lines and power source
- Adjacent to major roads
- Sufficient acreage for long-term expansion needs
- Appropriate topography
- Minimal environmental impacts
When will the location for the water treatment plant be finalized?
The location will likely be decided by the end of Q1 2018, if not before.
What is the capacity of the water treatment plant?
Initial capacity is anticipated at 12 MGD.
What is the cost of the water treatment plant?
These costs are still being developed, but estimates suggest $50-$70 M.
When will construction start on the water treatment plant?
Construction is anticipated to begin in 2019. The water treatment facility is expected to be operational by early 2022 and will serve customers for many years into the future.
When will the water treatment plant go into operation?
The water treatment plant is planned to be operational by early 2022.
Will this facility be loud?
No, noise attenuation will be included in the design.
Will this project cause an increase my water bill?
The County has approved a rate structure for future years for all of our customers that considers the costs of this project and many others that are being completed.
How much water with the plant produce?
Initial capacity is anticipated at 12 MGD.