CLAYTON — The town has a new welcome sign, a 165-foot-tall water tower with the towns name and seal painted on it.
Federal officials and Clayton leaders unveiled the water tower on N.C. 42 East on Tuesday.
Before the towers construction, Clayton leaders said, the towns water-storage capacity faced a 400,000-gallon deficit. The new water tower, at 800 N.C. 42 East, holds 1 million gallons.
The town built the tower with $2.3 million in federal funds and another $24,000 from Clayton taxpayers.
This is all about assisting existing industries and making it possible for new businesses to come here, said Mayor Jody McLeod. This is a great example of how local government thinks regionally to be able to compete globally.
U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre and Randy Gore, state director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, attended the unveiling and congratulated town leaders on their vision for making Clayton a great place to live.
In addition to supplying water to new and existing industry, the tower will enhance fire protection on the east side of town and serve as a backup for Claytons water supply.