MUD breaks ground on new building

The city of Lumberton broke ground Monday on a new Municipal Utility Department building costing the department over $5 million dollars.

This empty lot on FM 421 is going to be transformed into a $5.1 million operations center for Lumberton's Municipal Utility Department.

MUD's district manager, Roger Fussell, says the new building will have office spaces, warehouse capabilities and storage space.

This new building is going to be energy efficient with updated technology and equipment making it easier to keep up with population growth.

This operations center was built almost 30 years ago and the new building will be almost three times bigger than this one, but what Lumberton residents may have to look forward to most is quicker response times.

"If there was a water main break in the south end it would take 15 or 20 minutes to get to it, that's if no one was doing anything else," said Fussell.

This could be good news for residents who live on the opposite side of town from the old building on the north end.

"They can get to people in my area and to the other side just as quick so it's a good thing," said Lumberton resident Freeman Hancock.

The cost of the multi-million dollar building is going to be paid for by funds coming out of customers water bill.

"The cost for the average customer is $1.50 to $2.00," said Fussell.

If the cost of electricity were to jump or if the price of gas continues to rise that couple of bucks might increase.

"Wouldn't bother me one bit as long as it's to better the system," said Hancock.

The district manager says he doesn't expect anyone's water bill to increase.

If weather permits the new building should be complete by July of next year.


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