EAST BEND — Officials from the town of East Bend and Yadkin County gathered on Monday for a ceremonial ground breaking for the East Bend waterline project. The town of East Bend’s wells have been plagued with problems for some time and the town has been looking for alternative solutions. The new waterline will bring water from Forsyth County to East Bend from the across the Yadkin River in the Enon community, up Flint Hill Road to the town.
“This has been a long time coming and it’s something our board has been in favor of and I know the town of East Bend has needed this. It’s just so exciting to be able to do this to bring safe water to everyone in this community,” said Kevin Austin, chairman of Yadkin County Board of Commissioners, at the ceremony which took place on Flint Hill Road at the approximate location of where the new pump station will be located.
“This is a monumental occasion, it’s a big day for East Bend,” said Mayor Archie Hicks. “It’s a big day for the community, for this end of the county. We’re looking forward to it, expect great things out of it, and look for this job to completed in a timely fashion. I think it’s going to help down the road for the growth of East Bend and this part of the county.”
Davis, Martin, Powell has worked as the engineering firm on the project and Austin thanked them for their work on the project, as well as county employees who have worked on the project as well.
“We’re just pleased to be a part of this project,” said Michael Goliber, of Davis, Martin and Powell.
Lowder Construction was awarded the contract for the project and its representatives, too, said they were excited to get started.
“We appreciate the opportunity, it’s a well planned project. We look forward to being the contractor to bring fresh water to East Bend,” said David Baker of Lowder Construction.
Not only will be the project benefit the citizens of East Bend, but the new waterline will be an economic boon to the entire county.
“This is something that’s been needed for a long time. The key to economic development is being able to provide services like water and waste water so this is the first step in the continued growth for East Bend,” said Bobby Todd of the Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development.
The waterline is expected to be completed in January of 2018.
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