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Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

To the news that af­ter more than a decade, Ris­ing Sun is pre­par­ing to of­fi­cially end its build­ing mo­ra­to­rium Nov. 3. In place since 2006 due to the town’s ob­so­lete in­fras­truc­ture and wa­ter and wastew­a­ter treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties, the county’s north­ern­most town em­barked upon a years-long jour­ney to up­grade its com­po­nents. At times that jour­ney was ac­ri­mo­nious, but now on the other side of it, Ris­ing Sun is set up for a new fu­ture. Hav­ing spent $14 mil­lion to re­place its la­goon sys­tem with an or­bal ditch waste- w a t e r treat­ment plant, Ris­ing Sun is now near­ing com­ple­tion on the $10 mil­lion project to con­nect to Ch­ester Wa­ter Author­ity. The town needs about 275,000 gal­lons per day to meet cur­rent de­mand, but can draught up to 1 mil­lion gal­lons per day to meet fu­ture cus­tomer needs as they ar­rive. Town of­fi­cials ex­pect to be­come wa­ter sup­pli­ers to out­ly­ing ar­eas, with the hope that the avail­abil­ity will at­tract new busi­nesses and jobs to Ris­ing Sun and the sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties. With re­newed in­ter­est in build­ing there, we hope that the end of the town’s mo­ra­to­rium is just its be­gin­ning.

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