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Where is the water for the lake in the RiverLights development coming from?

Shelby Sebens

The RiverLights construction site along River Road in Wilmington. (StarNews photo by Paul Stephen)

The 27-acre lake, which is being excavated now, will be slowly charged by two on-site wells, Doug South, project manager of the RiverLights development, said.

The lake will be lined with a synthetic made of plastic and rubber. The lake cannot hold water on its own because of the sandy material on the bottom, South said.

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4 Responses to “ Where is the water for the lake in the RiverLights development coming from?”

  1. On October 20, 2011 at 10:35 am dan wrote:

    these types of ponds WILL leak. the pumps will never stop running. a complete waste of fresh water for the financial benefit of a select few. for crying out loud it is right next to the river. and you need a gigantic pond?

  2. On October 20, 2011 at 8:41 pm jt wrote:

    This is insane! It’s bad enough to see fresh water used for irrigation, car washing, even the fact that we use clean drinking water to flush our waste in the bathroom but filling a 27 acre plastic and rubber pond with fresh water is ridiculous. It will likely need chemical treatement to keep it clean as natural process may be inhibited. There are millions of people in this world who don’t have acess to fresh water. We need to rethink how we use our limited natural resources, besides this county is surrounded by miles of beautiful, natural water fronts.

  3. On October 21, 2011 at 10:38 am Aaron wrote:

    Why would they not just use river water? I know from experience that it would be murky, but who is going to be swimming in this pond anyway? It would still have to be treated to keep it clean just like the well water will have to be. Stagnate water with only evaporation as the discharge source will only breed nastiness without treatment.

  4. On October 21, 2011 at 5:47 pm Stanley wrote:

    Another crazy project. It would be interesting to know who and why such a project was approved. Move a highway? It just never stops with this project. Occupy Wilmington? Why not OCCUPY RIVERLIGHTS?

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