One year ago this month, Johnston County Commissioners approved a 20 year Capital Improvement Plan for the Johnston County Department of Public Utilities. The plan, from 2017-2037, calls for facility improvements and additions, new facilities and major capital purchases for water distribution, wastewater collection, wastewater treatment and reclaimed water distribution.
The total projected cost over 20 years is $333 million dollars. Of that amount, $144.6 million in improvements is needed by 2021.
This month, commissioners approved spending $6,396,200 towards those upgrades.
The $6.3 million expenditure includes an additional 20 inch water line to serve the Clayton area, including Highway 42 East. The water line will cross the US 70 Business / US 70 Bypass interchange. The project will total $1,796,000.
Another project would increase efficiency at the Johnston County Water Treatment Plant. Those updates will cost $4,600,200.
The updates are necessary because of the rapid growth of the county and the demand for water and wastewater to homes and businesses, utility officials said.