Etowah Water Extension

Etowah water mapThe Etowah Area Water System Improvement Project includes the installation of approximately 14,800 linear feet of 12 and 8-inch water mains, a 500,000-gallon ground level water storage tank, construction of a booster pumping station, access road, and demolition of an existing elevated water storage tank and three existing booster pumping stations. The project will increase pressure and fire flow in the area and allow the water distribution system in the Etowah to be fed from a high-pressure gradient.

Project Map

March 2020 Update:

Installation of the new 12” ductile iron pipe (DIP) water line has progressed along Etowah School Road to Riverwind Drive. The contractor will soon be crossing under Etowah School Road, where the recent boring work was completed, to the west side of the road and continuing to install the line toward Drexel Road. The 12” DIP water line will turn to go along the right side of Drexel Road up to Mapleleaf Drive, where it will cross Drexel Road and turn onto Mapleleaf Drive to the cul-de-sac. 

The contractor will soon begin construction of the access road to the new tank site. During the early construction of the access road, temporary sediment traps will need to be installed on the lower portion of the road near Eade Road. The contractor will be seeding and stabilizing the disturbed areas along the access road as soon as reasonably possible during construction to minimize the impact of sedimentation on the lower parts of the site. Residents along Eade Road should expect to see an increase of heavy truck traffic as the construction of the access road and the new tank site progresses.

The contractor will also soon begin construction of 12” DIP water line along Morgan Road. This section of the project will have the new line installed in the middle of the westbound lane of Morgan Road.  Traffic along Morgan Road will be reduced to single-lane traffic in the area of construction using portable traffic signals.

January 2020 Update:

The contractor is continuing to lay waterline along Etowah School Road throughout January and at least into February. Construction will start on an access road to the tank location and installation of erosion control measures as clearing progresses.

December 2019 Update:

The contractor is making progress on the water line installation along the northeast side of Etowah School Road. Work has now reached the area where more residential properties will begin to see construction impacts as progress moves along Etowah School Road toward Drexel Road. There will be single lane closures along this area during construction.

The contractor is working within NCDOT's right of way and any fencing or other encroaching items that are moved by the contractor must be re-established outside of the DOT right of way. This may result in some items being moved further away from the road than they currently exist; however, the contractor planned to communicate directly with property owners who would be impacted to discuss options.

Residents should not experience any planned interference or change in water service until mid-year 2020 or later.


etowah pump station
Construction on the new pump station site

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Construction along Etowah School Road