Kenly seeking grants for new water tower

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KENLY — Town Manager Michael Douglas says residents have received a public notice that the town will seek help from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to build a new water tank.

Douglas said USDA Rural Development funding would be used to demolish and remove the old water tank in downtown Kenly along with the former Kenly Town Hall building at 206 W. Second St. and to remove and/or remediate fuel-contaminated soil within the existing site boundary and construct a new 100,000-gallon single pedestal elevated water storage tank.

According to town records, the current water tank was built in the 1960s.

Douglas said the project would provide better control of the town’s public water supply and to control disinfection byproducts, provide additional water pressure and create a green space or area to be used for public events in the central business district.

“Our water in Kenly now comes from Johnston County and Wilson County and we are working with FEMA and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to get grants that would allow us to do this,” said Douglas. “There would be no break in water service while this would be done.”

Residents who have questions about the project can call Douglas at 919-284-2116.