- By Bryn Lenkaitis
- Posted Thursday, March 18, 2021
Highway 65 Waterline Project
Over the past ten years, the Forsyth County Community and Economic Development (CED) Department has worked with a community along Highway 65 just east of Rural Hall to secure funds for the installation of a public waterline to provide clean water to its residential houses. Homes in the community are currently served by well water and many older wells have gone dry or have become contaminated. The estimated cost of the waterline has varied from a low of $1.8 million to a high of $2.7 million and, thus far, money has not been available to fund this project.
In the Fall of 2020,CED staff submitted Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) applications to both the NC Department of Commerce and the NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for project funding. If both grants are awarded they will provide up to $2.75 million to cover the anticipated cost for the construction of the project, while also allowing for housing repairs for timeworn homes of low-income homeowners.
The waterline has the potential to serve 85 families affected by the poor performing wells. Out of those 85 families, the grant will cover the entire cost associated with access to the waterline for 25 low-income families and cover a smaller portion of that cost for mid-high income families residing in the 2.5 mile span of the proposed Highway 65 Waterline. Those households who do not receive full coverage, will gain access to the waterline without the standard line assistance fees, but will have to cover the cost of the meter and the connection to the meter from their house. The decision on this most recent grant is forthcoming in April 2021 and the CED Department is anxious to finally see this critical need met in the Rural Hall community.