Water & Wastewater Expansions

Drinking Water

The Town of Holly Springs is partnering with other local municipalities to expand the City of Sanford’s water treatment facility. The initiative will allow Holly Springs to tap into an additional drinking water resource to meet the future needs of our growing community. Additionally, Holly Springs is partnering with Fuquay-Varina to construct a 14-mile water conveyance line from the City of Sanford to both communities.

Currently, the Town gets its drinking water from Harnett Regional Water, which uses the Cape Fear River as its source. Holly Springs also possesses additional water rights to access more water if necessary. Additional water connections are available with Fuquay-Varina, Apex, and Cary for emergency situations and resiliency purposes. While the Town has enough water capacity today, this advance planning will meet projections for the future and support quality of life and job growth.

About the Partnership

The City of Sanford and towns of Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, and Pittsboro are engaged in a partnership to expand the City of Sanford’s water treatment facility. More about the Water Filtration Facility Expansion...

Additionally, plans have the Towns of Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs partnering to construct a currently estimated $118 million 14-mile water conveyance line from the City of Sanford to both communities. Holly Springs’ allocated cost portion is $45 million.

Status: The construction timeline is estimated to span from 2024-2027.


Additional wastewater capacity is required given current growth projections. The initial expansion will increase the current treatment capacity at the Utley Creek Wastewater Facility from 6 million gallons per day to 8 million gallons per day by 2027. This investment is currently estimated at $116.2 million. Phase II will occur in the early 2030s and take the 8 million gallons per day capacity to 14 million gallons per day.

Fee Impacts

These and other utility investments over the next five years total close to $300 million. For the typical homeowner, total monthly water and sewer rates and charges will increase 15%, or $9.82/average per month (depending on water usage) for a total projected monthly bill of $75.20. Those increases will appear in the August utility bill that is mailed on August 31. Despite these rate increases, the Town’s rates remain very competitive, and the typical residential homeowner’s monthly total bill is projected to remain near the State average according to UNC School of Government data.

Status: Currently in preliminary design with full design planned for 2024-2025. Construction estimated 2025-2027.

Holly Springs Wastewater Treatment Plant