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Mayor & Town Council

Posted on: August 9, 2018

Council Approves Annual Backflow Prevention Device Testing, More at Aug. 7 Meeting

At its Aug. 7 meeting, the Holly Springs Town Council adopted an ordinance requiring annual certification for backflow prevention devices, adopted a resolution giving Holly Springs residents the opportunity to vote Nov. 6 on a $40 million transportation bond referendum that could fund projects across town, and approved a Comprehensive Plan amendment to modify the town’s Future Land Use Plan, among other business.

Backflow Prevention Devices to be Certified Annually

Annual certification of backflow prevention devices will be required beginning Oct. 1. Previously, testing was required every other year. Residents who have a second water meter connected to the town’s drinking water supply are affected. Second water meters often are used for irrigation systems and pools because customers can avoid paying sewer fees for water flowing through the second meter.

Backflow prevention devices prevent drinking water contamination, which could occur, for example, if water from an irrigation system, pool or other use flows back into the town’s drinking water supply. A break in a water line or a firefighting effort causing a loss of pressure in the town's drinking water system could result in this backward flow of water. Backflow also could be caused by an increase of pressure in the resident's system.

Federal and state water quality agencies recommend annual testing, and many surrounding municipalities require it. The user manual of the most common backflow prevention device in Holly Springs also recommends annual testing. Town staff said, in monitoring inspection results, about 25 percent of backflow devices needed to be cleaned or repaired before they could be certified.

A letter will be mailed to residents with backflow prevention devices 30 days before certification is due. Residents contact a certified tester not affiliated with the town to complete the inspection. The town maintains a list of certified backflow prevention device testers on its website.

The tester will confirm the device is in working order and notify Backflow Solutions Inc., which manages backflow prevention device data for the town. If a resident does not wish to have a backflow prevention device tested, a request can be made to have the second meter turned off to stop using water from that meter.

The town already requires annual testing for businesses with backflow prevention devices on commercial systems. Annual testing will not be required for residents connected to the town’s reclaimed water system because reclaimed water is nonpotable and not connected with the town’s drinking water supply.

Click here for additional information and a list of certified testers.

Other Meeting News

Also at the meeting, the council adopted a resolution setting the $40 million transportation bond referendum, which gives Holly Springs residents the opportunity to vote Nov. 6 on the borrowing that could fund projects across town. 

The council approved a Comprehensive Plan amendment to modify the town’s Future Land Use Plan. The amendment focuses on the southern area of town and stems from a recent study that analyzed existing conditions and gathered public feedback. The amendment affects densities on the Future Land Use Plan, which guides decisions on potential future development, and adds additional land use categories.

FlyTrex discussed its plans to deliver packages to Holly Springs residents via drone. The Israeli start-up that is responsible for launching the world’s first autonomous urban drone delivery system in Reykjavik, Iceland, could make Holly Springs the first town in the country with a business delivering packages to homes using a drone. Town staff said demonstrations and additional public meetings will be scheduled.

The council approved a contract for design and construction administration for odor control upgrades at the Utley Creek Water Reclamation Facility. Plans call for multiple air-tight covers where odors from the town’s sewer system will be captured. Air will be filtered before release, preventing corrosion to equipment and reducing the odor nuisance for surrounding areas.

The council awarded a contract for preparing a watershed master plan to assess the health of town streams and watersheds. The plan will provide a basis for a comprehensive, proactive program that prioritizes water quality improvement projects, flood control and infrastructure repair.

The council approved a municipal agreement with the N.C. Department of Transportation for widening Holly Springs Road to four lanes from Main Street to Flint Point Lane, adding a grassed median and sidewalks on both sides of the road segment. The state is funding 80 percent of construction costs.

The council approved a zone change for 2.93 acres on the south side of Holly Springs-New Hill Road to Business & Technology Conditional Use, consistent with Comprehensive Plan designation.

The council also proclaimed the week of Aug. 5-11 as Farmers Market Week in Holly Springs. This Saturday, the market will celebrate with customer appreciation drawings and special giveaways. The market, managed by the town Department of Planning & Zoning, is celebrating its 12th season downtown. Click here for more information about the market. 

The council also received an overview from LaunchHollySprings, an initiative established to support and develop entrepreneurs and small businesses in under-resourced communities in Holly Springs. LaunchHollySprings was created to provide access to business loans, business development services, and networking opportunities.

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