Brunswick Northwest Water Plant Upgrade and Expansions: February Update


Brunswick County maintains progress towards upgrade of its water treatment facilities with the completion of 30 percent design documents in February. Final design completion remains on schedule for October with bids to be received by the end of the year. Construction is expected to commence in January of 2020 and the first distribution of water from treatment upgrades in December 2021.

Brunswick County’s consultant continues to develop construction details for installation of low pressure reverse osmosis for advanced treatment and removal of emerging contaminants such as GenX. Construction details will be in the form of drawings and specifications that outline materials of construction, quality, and performance requirements. In addition, work constraints and procedures are being defined to ensure all work is performed without interruption to existing water treatment and supply.

The design of the concentrate pipeline is advancing as efforts continue to finalize a pipeline alignment. Field work is nearing completion and will be used to locate pipe within streets. The NPDES discharge application for the concentrate continues to advance through the review process as prompt responses to DEQ comments have been provided to facilitate DEQ’s review and issuance of a draft permit.

The County has applied for Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) funds for up to $73.6 million. The application was submitted to the US Environmental Protection Agency on Feb. 21.

All design is now in 60 percent development with a progress deliverable in late April. This phase of design will allow for development of an Engineer’s Opinion of Probable Construction Cost. All aspects of the design phase are progressing as anticipated.