Johnston to purchase Sampson water

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An agreement has been signed to allow Johnston County to purchase water from Sampson County.

Officials from both counties signed the bulk water purchase agreement last week.

The water from Sampson County will serve as an additional supply for the Johnston East distribution system. The water will come from wells in Sampson County and will be compatible with the Johnston East system.

The agreement allows Johnston County to purchase up to 500,000 gallons of water per day.

Sampson County will supply 150,000 gallons at the Easy Street connection by June 2020 and 350,000 gallons per day at the Oak Grove Church Road connection by June 2021.

Johnston County will have a minimum daily purchase requirement of 100,000 gallons per day at the Easy Street connection and 300,000 gallons per day at the Oak Grove Church Road connection.

Johnston agreed to pay a monthly commodity charge of $2.50 per 1,000 gallons of water purchased during the first five years. The agreement is for a 30-year term.

Johnston County Public Utilities asked commissioners to approve the agreement. The Johnston County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to enter into the contract at its April 1 meeting.

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