The state has lifted the moratorium on additional hookups to the Northeast Interceptor (NEI) sewer force main.
The city received the letter on March 13 from the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). The city had requested the moratorium be lifted when required repairs to the NEI were completed on March 7. The moratorium had been in place since May of 2007.
The letter states in part: “Based on our staff’s review of the provided documentation, the Division hereby closes the SOC (Special Order of Consent) and lifts the wastewater collection extension permit moratorium….”
City Manager Sterling Cheatham says the city is pleased the state acted quickly to lift the moratorium. “We are appreciative of the state’s quick response and will continue to closely collaborate with the state as we move forward with improvements to our sewer system.”
The moratorium is not related to water restrictions and has no effect on any restrictions currently in place.
The improvements consisted of three major projects. The first project was to relocate more than a mile of the NEI that previously ran through Hewlett’s Creek. The second project upgraded the Hewlett’s Creek pump station on Pine Grove Drive and the Bradley Creek Pump Station on Oleander Drive. Both of those projects were finished in February. The third project, which involved repairing nearly one-half a mile of the NEI in the Greenville Loop Road area, was completed on Friday, March 7.
Clean-up work in the area, including reseeding grass and road repairs, will continue through the end of March.
According to City Manager Sterling Cheatham, “We appreciate the cooperation and patience of our citizens as we made these repairs.”
Read the letter to DENR from the City.
Read the letter from DENR to the City.
Visit our Sewer Improvements page for more information.