TOPSAIL BEACH, NC (WECT) - A ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday marked the official completion of a $3.5 million water project in Topsail Beach.
Leaders say the project was talked about for years and construction on the project, which included a new water tower, started last fall. Town Leaders said it was something that needed to happen as soon as possible because the old tower was not going to last a year.
As part of the project, two new water mains were added to help with the water pressure in homes during times when lots of people are using water.
It also automates the meter reading system, meaning the town can measure water use and bill people monthly instead of every three months.
The mayor says being able to hold more water in the town's new tower is especially important.
In the past, when they could only hold 300,000 gallons they sometimes had to rely on other town's trucks or even water from the sound during a fire.
The town manager says the project will be paid for by the town using funds from increased water rates, which went into effect in the spring. He expects it to be paid off in 20 years.