Thanks to the efforts of Congresswoman Deborah Ross, the Town of Holly Springs is set to receive more than $6 million for infrastructure projects to increase water and sewer capacity. The money is part of the $1.7 trillion spending bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives for Fiscal Year 2023.
The bill includes $3 million to upgrade and expand the Holly Springs Utley Creek Water Reclamation Facility. Last year, Congresswoman Ross toured the Holly Springs Facility along with Mayor Sean Mayefskie, Mayor Pro Tem Dan Berry and town staff, to see firsthand why funding is needed.
“As Holly Springs continues to see population and economic growth, we need our infrastructure to keep pace,” said Holly Springs Mayor Sean Mayefskie. “Receiving millions in federal aid helps our Town to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to anticipating demand and investing in our infrastructure. We are grateful for Congresswoman Ross championing the needs of Holly Springs at the Federal level.”
“Growth in Wake County is booming, and we need to make sure our aging infrastructure can sustain that rapid growth,” said Congresswoman Deborah Ross. “I toured the Holly Springs Utley Creek Water Reclamation Facility last year and saw firsthand the critical work they are doing to modernize our water infrastructure. I’m thrilled to have secured these funds to help ensure Wake County residents have access to reliable, clean water.”
The expansion of the Holly Springs Utley Creek Water Reclamation Facility incorporates innovative and sustainable techniques, including diverting treated wastewater for reuse in the community for uses such as irrigation and some industrial applications. Holly Springs is one of a small number of local governments in the state that provide reclaimed water for residents and industries. The Town’s commitment to sustainability has been cited as a major factor in the recruitment of life science companies to Holly Springs.
The Federal funding bill also provides $3.3 million to assist in the expansion of the City of Sanford’s Water Treatment Plant to provide for future drinking water needs for Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Pittsboro, and Sanford municipalities.