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

April 24 Update:

PLEASE NOTE:  No work that has been performed as part of this project to date has involved the existing water system in the area.  If you experience any issues in your service please contact the City Water Department to report the problem.

Work on the main water line has been mostly completed along Etowah School road.   There will be additional work required at the entrance of Etowah Elementary and at the intersection with Etowah Park Road.  The secondary lines along Etowah School road that serve the subdivisions have not been tied into the new construction at this time.   This work will be completed after water has been established on the new main line.

The main water line has been constructed along Drexel Road to Drexel Farm Road.  The line will continue along Drexel Road to Maple Leaf Road then proceed along Maple Leaf. 

Any driveways or roads that have been affected by the installation of the waterline will be repaired as part of the project.  Due to the nature of asphalt and concrete as well as the amount of work associated with those items, the contractor will choose a time that is suitable for this work to be completed and the majority of the repairs will be completed in the same time period.

Construction has started on the access road to the tank site.  This work will impact the residents at the end of Eade Road the most.  The contractor will make every effort to minimize the impact of this work on the neighboring residents but there are certain to be inconveniencing moments due to the work required.  This work will involve logging and excavation efforts.  Although there are significant erosion and sediment controls being installed as part of this project, there still could be runoff issues during significant rain events.  If any resident observes an issue during such an event please notify Chris Conard, the City’s construction inspector, at 828-417-1163 or immediately.

April 8 2020 Update:

The contractor has continued to lay 12" ductile iron pipe (DIP) along Etowah School Road and has made the turn up Drexel Road. The pump station has been reseeded, and the contractor has removed erosion control measures from areas where vegetation has been well established. Over the next month, plans include pouring the pump station foundation, beginning construction on the access road, and the installation of the waterline along Morgan Road.  

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

construction near etowah school
Construction along Etowah School Road