EAST BEND — The county is continuing to work on a project to provide water to East Bend from the water treatment facility in Forsyth County. The well system in use for East Bend water has had several problems over the years and the town requested assistance from the county in finding a new source for the town’s water supply.
The project is slated to begin in early 2017, but the county is still working to obtain easements along the path of the waterline which goes under the Yadkin River in the Enon area, up Old Hwy. 421, Taylor Road and Flint Hill Road. The county needs around 140 to 150 temporary and permanent easements to complete the construction. As of now, it has only obtained around 70 of those easements.
“The easements are usually about 10 feet from the edge of the pavement,” explained County Manager Lisa Hughes. “It doesn’t, as a rule, go into anybody’s yard, it doesn’t go into their crop fields, if they have a driveway going across, we’ll have to replace it.”
Two community meetings were held in March where residents along the path of the waterline could sign the paperwork to give the county the easements, for which they are paid $650. In order to move forward with the project, which already has been approved by the state, the county needs to obtain the remaining easements. Once those easements are obtained, the project could begin sooner than the estimated 2017 start date.
Letters have been sent to all of those living in the area, but the county has not had heard from all the residents who live along the path of the waterline.
“We really need to reach the folks who have not responded to our letters about the easements to come in so we can talk to them and explain what’s going on so we can go ahead and move forward with this project,” Hughes said.
Property owners along the waterline route are not required to tap on to the new line though they can at a discounted rate if they sign up when they sign the easement.
“That’s the thing with these easements, we’re not requiring anyone to tap on, that is entirely their choice,” Hughes added.
Those living along the waterline route, on Old Hwy. 421, Taylor Road and Flint Hill from the Enon community to East Bend, are asked to contact the county at 336-679-4200 to determine if their property is affected.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.