Water Treatment Plant Expansion



 July 16, 2020  6:00 PM

Greenville Utilities Commission has received State Revolving Loan funding for the Phase 1 Water Treatment Plant Upgrades project.  This project will include upgrades to the existing Water Treatment Plant and will expand the firm capacity to 32 mgd to meet the potable drinking water needs for GUC’s service area.  The total cost estimate for the project is $55 million and will be financed in part from State Revolving Loan Funds. 

A Public Meeting on the Phase 1 WTP Upgrades project will be held to discuss the needs, benefits, and impacts of this project.  An Engineering Report and Environmental Information Document has been prepared for this project:

Engineering Report and Environmental Information

Appendices A - D

Appendices E - K

In an effort to practice social distancing guidelines related to the COVID-19 Pandemic, this meeting will be held virtually and livestreamed using Microsoft Teams Live.  Click for virtual meeting.

To ensure that questions and comments are received, Greenville Utilities Commission sincerely appreciates that comments or questions on the Phase 1 WTP Upgrades project be sent to:  David W. Springer, PE, Assistant Director of Water Resources at P.O. Box 1847, Greenville, NC 27835 or via email at springdw@guc.com.  Any public comments or questions received prior to the Public Meeting will be acknowledged with a response and submitted for the record during the Public Meeting.  Any comments are due by July 17, 2020 at 5:00 pm.






The existing Water Treatment Plant (WTP) was placed in service in 1983 with a capacity of 12 million gallons per day (mgd). An expansion to the plant was completed in 2002, resulting in the current “rated” treatment capacity of 22.5 mgd. Since the last expansion, the customer base and system demands have continued to increase. New water use records have been set recently including an average day water demand of 12.9 mgd in 2014 and a peak day record of nearly 17.8 million gallons in 2015, which represents use of approximately 80% of the WTP rated capacity.

In keeping an eye towards our region’s growth and to serve our customers more effectively and efficiently, we are in the final planning stages to expand the Water Treatment Plant.

This project will add the capacity to treat another 10 million gallons of water per day, allowing us to meet future demands for years to come. Construction should begin this year, and be completed in 2022.

At the same time, we will also be working on enhancements to the water distribution system. This project will add larger water mains and an elevated water tower to the southeastern side of the system, where future growth is projected. This will not only provide capacity to that area, but also balance out the system, which has higher water pressure and capacity on the western side. To minimize the impact on the community, this work is being coordinated with the expansion of Fire Tower and Portertown Roads.

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