CREEDMOOR, N.C. — A repeatedly delayed dredging project to help improve water quality in Creedmoor is finally under way.
The $1.7 million Lake Rogers project started last week and is expected to continue until spring.
Creedmoor stopped producing its own water last summer after the water level of Lake Rogers dropped low and there was too much sediment in it. The city now gets water from the South Granville Water and Sewer Authority.
City officials said the dredging of Lake Rogers will mean they have an option for water in an emergency.
For the city to begin producing its own water, the current water treatment facility would need about $2 million in renovations, officials said.
“It’s something that we’re probably going to have to look at over the next several months,” Mayor Darryl Moss said.
Seven years ago, the city tacked a $1 surcharge onto local water bills to help pay for the project. The surcharge lasted for more than a year and raised about $150,000.
Since then, Moss said, the city has spent years dealing with permitting and assessment issues.
“I don’t think anyone anticipated this project taking seven years to get done,” Moss said.
Creedmoor resident Danny Emory was among many residents who paid the surcharge in 2001.
“I wanted to know why the money wasn’t being spent for the dredging,” Emory said.
Officials said money for the rest of the project is coming from state and federal aid.