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[ARCHIVED] Town Board Announces Intention to Merge Water and Wastewater System with City of Sanford, Begins...

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24 MAY 2022


Media Contact: Colby W. Sawyer, MPA | 919-548-3328 |


Town Board Announces Intention to Merge Water and Wastewater System with City of Sanford, Begins Formal Request Process


PITTSBORO, NC – At the Board of Commissioners Meeting on Monday, 23 May 2022, the Pittsboro Town Board passed a resolution declaring the Town’s intent to regionalize our water and wastewater system with the City of Sanford.


Beginning in 1999, the Town has enacted numerous ordinances to prevent subdivisions of land and development of significant projects which would connect to the Town’s water and wastewater system. This was because of the limited capacity of the Town’s system. These moratoriums continued through the years until 2011, when the Town began to explore connecting into the City of Stanford’s system to increase capacity. In 2021, the Town furthered this process by commissioning the development of a Preliminary Engineering Report and environmental assessment to study a force main connection into the Sanford system and sought bids for conversion of the system and the building of a force main to the Sanford system. This process, however, was not completed due to the overall cost of the project far exceeding the project budget.


In light of further requests for development and continually decreasing wastewater management capacity, the Town recognizes the need to find innovative ways to increase system capacity while maintaining the high quality of service the Town provides to its customers. As such, the Board has for all announced its intention to merge all water/wastewater infrastructure with the City of Sanford, to include the water treatment plant, public water conveyance and distribution infrastructure, wastewater treatment plant, and public wastewater collection infrastructure. 


It is important to note, that at this stage of the process, the Town has only formally announced its intent and is in the process of making a formal request to the City of Sanford. For more information on the history and background of this project, please CLICK HERE to access a copy of the Resolution. For more information on the Town’s utility system, please CLICK HERE


Further updates will be issued as the project continues.


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