This is another piece of the puzzle to prepare our community for the future. What we do today is not for tomorrow. It is for 20, 30, 40 years from now – and we have a responsibility to provide our residents, businesses, and institutions with clean drinking water.
— Andy Moore, Mayor of Smithfield
The mayor specifically praised Wooten’s project team as design engineers and construction administrators. Charlie Davis, PE led the effort. Plant upgrades include new intake pumps, a new filter and filtration improvements, state-of-the-industry digital control systems, new generators, an additional backwash tank, a second 1-million gallon in-ground storage tank, an enlarged reservoir, and new finished water pumps.
Today represents the end of a real journey when you think about expanding treatment capacity from 6.2 million to 8.3 million gallons per day. I want to thank our staff, Wooten, and state agencies for helping us make this a reality for the people of Smithfield.
— Ted Credle, Smithfield Public Utilities Director
The expansion was made possible by a $12 million loan from the state’s Division of Water Infrastructure (DWI) under the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Johnston County, the Town’s largest water customer, contributed another $3.25 million.
Projects like this are so vital to communities across our great state. Access to clean drinking water is fundamental to quality of life and supporting economic growth. We are proud to be a part of this successful endeavor.
— Bashar Al-Masri, NC Division of Water Infrastructure. NCDEQ
In August, Wooten and Smithfield will notch three decades of working together on infrastructure improvements. In Fall 1993, Wooten collaborated with local officials to develop the Town’s water supply plan and, since then, has assisted on more than 80 projects for the community.
Like so many places in North Carolina, Smithfield anticipates a significant rise in population and commercial activity We are grateful to have the opportunity to build on our relationship with the community to manage that growth sustainably.
— Charlie Davis, PE, The Wooten Company