PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The Maple Hill Wastewater Treatment Plant dedication ceremony will take place Friday at 2 p.m., according to a press release.
The ceremony will take place at the site located across from the former Maple Hill School. The public is invited to attend.
Since the early 2000s, community leaders from Maple Hill have asked for Pender County's assistance in funding and constructing a wastewater system to mitigate the septic woes inherent to poorly draining soils and a high water table. Surveys conducted in this area at the time reflected a septic failure rate of 50% with 36 homes found to be straight piping into Holly Shelter Creek, according to the press release.
"We cannot afford not to do it. We need this system," said Community Leader Bryant Shephard.
After years of planning, testing, acquisition, permitting and funding, the pieces of the puzzle finally came together. Construction began in the summer of 2011.
The $4.2 million project was funded predominately with money from the NC Rural Center and NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund.