Town of Clayton Water Reclamation Program
The Town of Clayton continues to make progress on improving our wastewater infrastructure, with the largest project in the Town's history, Sam's Branch Water Reclamation Facility (WRF). Construction is underway on multiple components, and the program is expected to be completed over the next three years (completion expected by 2026). In general, construction will include surveying, vegetation removal, environmental controls, earthwork, concrete work, building the facility & infrastructure components, large equipment deliveries, electrical work, testing, commissioning, and final site restoration. Construction will occur in phases for each project component. Some activities may occur simultaneously or iteratively, depending on the location. Projects included in this program are broken down below.
HDR is assisting the Town as a project advisor.
This facility, currently under construction, will be capable of treating six (6) million gallons of wastewater per day (MGD) of residential, commercial, and industrial flows. This facility is being built on a town-owned site near the Neuse River at 1422 O'Neil Street. The site is already home to other wastewater infrastructure. Thalle Construction Company is the general contractor. Gannett Fleming is the Town's Engineer of Record.
This transmission improvement project wrapped up in July 2023. The project included the installation of over three miles of new gravity sewer and force main pipe, connecting the existing Little Creek Water Reclamation Facility to the future influent pump station for the new WRF.
JF Wilkerson was the general contractor. WithersRavenel was the Engineer of Record.
This project component, currently under construction, includes a new pump station with a capacity of 13 MGD to divert flows from the existing Little Creek Water Reclamation Facility to the new WRF. The new pump station will include submersible pumps, odor control, a standby generator, and a control building. Haren is the general contractor. WithersRavenel is the Town's engineer of record.
This ECIA project component, currently under final design and permitting, includes increasing the ECIA pump station capacity to 5 MGD and the installation of a new 20-inch force main to convey flow to the new WRF. A team of McKim & Creed and WithersRavenel is the Town's Engineer of Record.
This project component includes expanding the Clayton-to-Raleigh pump station to convey a portion of the Town's raw wastewater flow to the City of Raleigh's Neuse River Resource Recovery Facility.
This pump station is located directly adjacent to the new WRF site. The capacity expansion will allow the Town to fully utilize its contractual treatment capacity with the City of Raleigh and manage wastewater flows until the new WRF comes online.
- Why embark on this project?
The existing facility is inadequate for meeting future treatment demands, and its limited size prevents substantial improvements or expansions. Utilizing the current facility wherever feasible is a cost-effective strategy to mitigate the expenses associated with constructing new facilities.
- Will this project increase wastewater utility rates?
Rate adjustments are inevitable, irrespective of this project. Local and national research underscores the inescapable trend of escalating wastewater treatment costs. Neighboring communities, including Raleigh and Johnston County, are also implementing rate increases in response to the growing demand for improved wastewater services.
- How much are utility rates expected to increase?
Rates undergo rigorous evaluation and adjustment during the council's comprehensive budgeting process. Every endeavor is being made to minimize the necessity of rate hikes and, ideally, to implement them gradually, thus mitigating their immediate impact.
- Are developers and businesses equitably contributing to the overall cost burden?
Indeed, the town ensures that no customer class or type receives subsidies. While state statutes limit the fees municipalities can impose on developers, it's worth noting that we do not apply higher rates to out-of-town customers.