Faced with approximately 200 residences and businesses with failing septic tanks in an un-sewered neighborhood, the Town of Goldston took decisive action to create a safer, healthier community by implementing a central sewer collection system. WithersRavenel provided comprehensive grant administration planning, design, surveying, easement mapping, environmental permitting, construction administration, and observation services for approximately 40,000 LF of 8-inch gravity sewer, a 200 GPM pump station with odor control and standby power, and 31,000 LF of 6-inch force main along an NCDOT-controlled access highway.
WithersRavenel contended with extensive rock deposits, construction under the Deep River, and numerous local street, NCDOT-maintained highway, and railroad crossings while designing the sewer collection system. Because the system discharges via 1,750 LF of 12-inch gravity sewer to the City of Sanford’s sewer collection system to be treated at the City’s wastewater treatment plant, intergovernmental agreements among the Town of Goldston, the City Sanford, the Goldston-Gulf Sanitary District, Chatham County, and Lee County were vital to the project’s success. It was also essential for WithersRavenel to coordinate with residents and business owners for the easement acquisition process, septic tank abandonment, and individual sewer connections so that these processes caused as little disruption as possible.
The project was funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Program, the North Carolina Economic Development Center, and Chatham County.