Capital Improvement Projects

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities systematically upgrades water and wastewater lines in select areas. Water projects involve installation of all new pipes, fire hydrants, valves and water meters. Wastewater projects may use trenchless or semi-trenchless methods including pipe-bursting and cured-in-place pipe lining. Both of these methods repair or replace the existing pipe in place, with little or no digging required. In other cases, new pipes may need to be installed.

Service is typically disrupted for only a few hours while crews complete work. During this time, affected locations are notified to limit water usage and refrain from using washing machines and dishwashers.

During Construction

Although capital improvement projects cover large areas, the contractor works on no more than several blocks at a time and work in your immediate area will typically last two to three weeks. Roads may be closed to through traffic and on-street parking may be unavailable, though residents, businesses and customers will still have access to locations. Door hangers provide one week’s advance notice. Contracts specify that all efforts to preserve trees should be employed and existing water or sewer connections under tree roots are relocated.

The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utility Commission bears all costs of these projects and work is generally confined to the public right-of-way. Should access to private property be required, written permission is requested from the owner. Grassy areas disturbed during construction will be re-seeded and disturbed landscaping, mail boxes, curb and gutter, sidewalks, etc. will be returned to original condition.

Current Projects

Mill Creek Outfall South Project (Complete)

Replacement project with 16,800 linear feet of 48-inch pipe, beginning just north of Robinhood Road and ending at Reynolda Road. Construction began January 2018. Expected completion August 2019. Contractor: Park Construction Company, Morrisville, North Carolina.

North Mill Creek Interceptor Improvements Project

Project provides for the replacement and upsizing of the existing sewer line with approximately 14,400 linear feet of gravity sewer pipes with sizes ranging between 12-48 inches. The project is located along Mill Creek from approximately the intersections of Reynolda Road and Yadkinville Road to Hanes Mill Road. Contractor: Zachry Construction Corporation

South Fork No. 3 Project

This is a sewer interceptor pipeline project that will increase the capacity of the current South Fork Pipeline. Currently, there are two 36-inch pipes that are parallel to South Fork Muddy Creek. The upgrade will consolidate those lines into one 54-inch pipeline. The upgrade is to accommodate new developments in Kernersville, growth in south Forsyth county, and increased wet weather flows.