By Charity L. Cohen
Special to The Alamance News
Gibsonville’s board of aldermen voted Monday night to accept funding from the Guilford County commissioners to begin construction on a new water tank and water line.
The town will receive $2.8 million for the construction of a 500,000-gallon water tank and $3.14 million for the installation of the water line that will run along NC Highway 61. The funding is being provided through the American Rescue Plan Act federal stimulus package that Congress passed in March 2021.
The new water tank is being built to increase water storage capacity and increase fire flow, replacing two outdated water tanks. The water line along NC 61 will improve the water quality in the northwestern part of Gibsonville as well as increase the water pressure and fire flow on the western side of the town.
The new water line will be connected to the existing system and will serve 4,000 residents, according to town officials. The new water tank however, will serve all town residents.
Gibsonville town manager Ben Baxley said this week that work on both projects will begin in 2024 and are expected to be completed by 2025 or 2026.
There were no issues with the current system and no residential complaints, but the new tank and water line will improve the town’s water system and allow for new growth, he told the board Monday night.