Three western Wake County towns will mark World Toilet Day on Wednesday by celebrating the completion of a $280 million sewage treatment plant in New Hill.
The Western Wake Regional Wastewater Management Facilities now handle sewage from Morrisville, Apex and Cary, as well as the southern portion of Research Triangle Park.
The plant has been in the works for more than 10 years, spurred by a state environmental mandate that the towns return treated wastewaster to the Cape Fear River basin, from which they draw their drinking water.
The project overcame several obstacles and delays before construction began in 2011. A group of residents in New Hill dropped their legal challenge to the plant that year after the towns promised $500,000 for a new community center and agreed to build two bus shelters for schoolchildren in New Hill, among other concessions.
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The plant, at 3500 Reclamation Road off Shearon Harris Road, will host a public open house from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday. Town and county officials will hold a dedication ceremony at 3:30 p.m.
World Toilet Day, by the way, was designated by the United Nations General Assembly last year to draw attention to the estimated 2.5 billion people worldwide who don’t have access to modern sanitation.