The Northwest Water Treatment Plant is being renamed the Paschal W. "Pat" Swann Water Treatment Plant to honor Swann’s 46 years of service to the City/County Utility Commission as a city employee and member of the commission.
A renaming ceremony will be held at noon on Monday, April 12, at the plant, 2800 River Ridge Road, Pfafftown. After the ceremony, the Utility Commission will hold a meeting at the plant.
Swann came to work for what was then the city’s Public Works Department in 1961. He was instrumental in creation of the City/County Utility Commission in 1976 and provided key staff support for the commission from its inception through his retirement in 1995 as assistant city manager for public works.
After his retirement, Swann served as a member of the Utility Commission for 10 years, and then served two more years as the commission chairman. He stepped down in 2007.
In recognition of his service, the City Council, with the endorsement of the Utility Commission, voted last fall to name the plant in honor of Swann.
The Northwest Water Treatment Plant was completed in 2004 at a cost of $84.4 million, including the cost of the dam and raw water intake on the Yadkin River. The plant can produce 25 million gallons of fresh water a day and can be expanded to 50 million gallons a day. Its two raw water reservoirs hold six days worth of water. This allows the plant to operate without pulling water from the river when it is especially muddy or if there is contamination upstream.