Town manager Bobby Miller spoke on behalf of the Walnut Cove Board of Commissioners at Monday’s school board meeting and requested a portion of land from Walnut Cove Elementary to drill a new well for the town’s municipal water system.
Walnut Cove currently operates seven wells that supply water to more than 1,400 citizens along with three schools, two long term care facilities and businesses in the area.
“At peak demand the system is taxed to meet consumption,” Miller said. “For over a year myself and the public works staff have searched the area for a suitable place to put another well. The campus of Walnut Cove Elementary has emerged as our top potential site.”
With Superintendent Dr. Brad Rice’s permission, Miller said he and the staff walked the northern border of the property and located a parcel that meets the criteria the state requires for well sites. The state mandates the town must own or control the land within 100 feet of the well. Miller said Walker Keel of the N.C. Division of Water Resources has reviewed the site and given tentative approval. The town would require a parcel 225’ x 225’ with an improved road to access and service the site.
“This is a desirable location because of the land level, no significant ground water, and close proximity to a connection to our system,” Miller told the school board.
On behalf of the commissioners, Miller offered $5,000 for the property.
“The town will of course be responsible for all survey fees and the improvement of the access road. To connect to our water system, a bore under the driveway would be required. That could be accomplished without any disruption of traffic during school hours.”
Miller said it’s the goal of the town to be water independent and the purchase of the land would enable the town to spend its funds to improve their existing well infrastructure rather than purchase water.
Amanda Dodson may be reached at 336-813-2426.