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Intake plant wouldn't help Raleigh in dry conditions

It could be another water source for Raleigh or its surrounding communities, but city officials say it wouldn't help in dry conditions.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — About 50 million gallons of water could be pumped at the Burlington Mills water intake plant in Raleigh each day during wet conditions.

But the city is not interested, because the plant, about a mile downstream from the Falls of Neuse dam, would not help out during dry times.

"If, in fact, we need additional intake capacity, we're going to pull it from the lake where we already have facilities in place," said Raleigh Public Utilities Director Dale Crisp.

Franklin County, however, has shown interest in using that intake as a future water supply.