A short distance from historic Wilmington, North Carolina are the rural, tidewater communities of New Hanover and Pender Counties. Along Highway 421 you’ll find an aged, municipal wastewater treatment plant that serves the rural communities here. Near the outskirts of the old wastewater plant, you’ll also find the beginnings of a brand new development: the Pender Commerce Park. Slated as an economic development project for the County, the new Commerce Park is not going to be your typical industrial park. This one is drawing in tenants with a new strategy: sustainable water management.
The strategy: replace the old municipal wastewater treatment plant with an innovative new satellite water reclamation system, and make it the centerpiece for the new industrial community. The new plant will serve the existing wastewater management needs of the community, as well as future wastewater produced by the industrial park. More importantly however, the new system – called the Pender WaterHub – will provide more affordable recycled water to future water-intensive tenants of the industrial park.
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