Let It Flow: Western Wake Municipalities Dedicate $300 Million Wastewater Facilities

The Western Wake Regional Wastewater Management Facilities project includes three pump stations, one water reclamation facility (WRF), and all the pipes that connect them.

(CARY, NC – November 20) – More than 10 years and $280+ million in the making, the Western Wake Regional Wastewater Management Facilities (WWRWMF) is a system of wastewater pump stations and a water reclamation facility at 3500 Reclamation Road in the New Hill area of Apex, NC. It provides additional wastewater treatment capacity—up to 18 million gallons per day—for new and expanding businesses as well as residents in RTP South, Apex, Cary (including northeastern Chatham County) and Morrisville.

Spearheaded by the Towns of Apex, Cary and Morrisville—the Western Wake Partners, the project was necessary to meet State-mandated interbasin transfer requirements and the growing demand for water services in western Wake County. Now complete, the WWRWMF brings safe drinking water and working sewer to dozens of families near the plant site while returning millions of gallons of clean water to the Cape Fear River used by Sanford, Fayetteville and Wilmington.

“When we first united with neighboring municipalities, a regional approach to wastewater services seemed daunting but so critically necessary,” said Town of Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht, whose municipality handles plant operations now that it is fully functioning. “Yet, with solid planning, hard work and talented people at the helm, we made it happen. The success is more than we could have envisioned, and its impact will benefit Wake and Chatham counties and beyond for decades to come.”

An open house/dedication was held on November 19, World Toilet Day. Dozens of citizens, staff, and elected officials braved frigid temps to get a lesson in wastewater services, with close-up views of the plant, its operations, and state-of-the-art technology used to minimize noise and odor impacts on neighbors.

For more information, visit the Town of Cary website.

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