Town of Clayton, Johnston County Enter Into 20 Year Wastewater Agreement

The Town of Clayton and County of Johnston have entered into a wastewater treatment agreement.   In the next few weeks, the Town of Clayton will complete construction of a new wastewater pre-treatment facility on Powhatan Road in the East Clayton Industrial Area, which includes nearby pharmaceutical plants.   Once completed, Clayton will pre-treat wastewater effluent then send it to the Johnston County Wastewater Treatment Plant.

“We’re pleased to continue to partner with Johnston County to meet the wastewater needs of residents, business, and industry,” said Clayton Town Manager Adam Lindsay. “The renewal of this agreement demonstrates that County and Town leaders are committed to working together to meet existing and future demand.”

The County has agreed to treat up to 500,000 gallons per day and will charge Clayton the bulk rate (commodity charge) set by Commissioners each year.  The agreement is for a 20 year term and may be renewed for two additional 10 year periods.

The Town of Clayton already holds the right to 1.4 million gallons per day of capacity at the county’s wastewater treatment plant.

“This interlocal agreement sets the parameters so that additional flow from the new wastewater pretreatment facility may be sent to Johnston County’s utilities system for final treatment if necessary,” said Rich Cappola, Clayton’s Director of Public Services. “This will allow the Town and County to leverage our long-standing partnership as we continue to address the wastewater needs of our growing region.”

Both the Clayton Town Council and Johnston County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the long term agreement.

A ribbon-cutting for the new pretreatment facility off Powhatan Road is being planned for October.