Construction of a water pipeline that would stretch thousands of feet in the southern part of Mooresville could start this month.
The pipeline would extend some 5,100 feet between the intersection of Fieldstone and White Oaks roads, just north of Bellingham Park, to that of Briarcliff and Kistler Farm roads, near Mooresville Middle School, connecting to an existing water line there.
While it would be a few feet underground, it would not go unnoticed among town water customers in the vicinity, said Jon Young, an engineer for the town.
Ranging from 8 inches to 12 inches in diameter, the PVC line would increase water pressure, replacing a smaller line and connecting to another line that ends at the Briacliff-Kistler Farm intersection. That would create a loop in the water system.
In addition, the pipeline would improve safety and ultimately quicken emergency-response time should a fire break out: The project also involves adding more fire hydrants.
The town is finalizing a contract worth roughly $875,0000 with the company selected to build the pipeline. Commissioners unanimously agreed to award the contract to Landsdown Earth & Pipe, Inc., in early August.
Construction is expected to begin as soon as September, taking about six months to finish, Young said.
To pay for the project, the town is using money it set aside in its utility fund, which it uses to finance improvements to its water and sewer system. The town has more than 500 miles of water and sewer lines that serve about 14,000 residential and commercial customers.
The town is expected to generate some $26.1 million in utility revenue in the 2015-16 fiscal year, with expenditures totaling that same amount.
The route of the pipeline runs along the same streets where sidewalks are planned as part of an improvement project that would connect neighborhoods throughout the Mooresville Graded School District. The Mooresville School Network Sidewalk Project is still in the design phase and is expected to start come spring, Young said.
Of course, “you want to do the underground stuff first,” Young said, referring to the pipeline.
Seeking to lay the groundwork for an anticipated increase in commercial and residential development in coming years, Mooresville has increasingly sought to expand its water and sewer system, as well as repair its existing infrastructure.
The town is moving forward with a plan to extend its sewer service to Mount Mourne, an area south of town where plans for development are moving forward, setting aside $2.5 million to build a pipeline. And in a historic downtown neighborhood, Mill Village, it is working to rehabilitate aging water and sewer lines.
In certain parts of town, signs of growth are already apparent.
“We’ve got a lot of development going on,” Young said.
Jake Flannick is a freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org