Protecting critical sewage infrastructure in a town that provides food supplies.
Siler City, North Carolina: $5 Million
This is a Justice40 project.
Siler City is a small town located in western Chatham County in North Carolina. It is a small town that sits in the center of the state in a historically heavy agricultural area. The town has grown 75% in population since 1990 due to a massive poultry plant in the area, which employs many Hispanic immigrants who make up 51% of the population. Loves Creek, a tributary to the Rocky River, is the main watershed that drains Siler City.
This project consists of streambank enhancement work, including an area of Loves Creek where the town has completed previous floodplain rehabilitation efforts. The work proposed in this project will function in tandem with the previous work to create an extremely flood resilient area. The pump station is in the floodplain of Blood Run Stream and has been damaged in the past due to flooding in the area. The project includes the demolition and reconstruction of the pump station outside the 100-year floodplain at a higher elevation to mitigate future flood damage. Large portions of the outfall and main interceptor are in the floodplains of Blood Run Stream and Loves Creek, respectively. These sewer mains would be replaced with larger pipes based on the town’s Capital Improvements Plan and anticipated growth in the community. Sewers will be located outside of the floodplain where feasible. Where infeasible, flood-resistant construction will be utilized – such as watertight manhole covers and pressure-rated sewer main materials. The town of Siler City Department of Public Utilities will work closely with several partners during the course of the project to inform, coordinate, plan and execute work in areas that construction will occur and adjacent/affected properties. The town’s partners include the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Triangle J Council of Governments, Chatham County Economic Development Commission, Chatham County, University of North Carolina School of Government, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Loves Watershed Stewards and the North Carolina Department of Transportation.