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This new reservoir in Van Wyck will increase the plant’s raw water storage capacity to 1 billion gallons, enough for a 30-day supply. This photo was taken in May when the reservoir was only about 75 percent full.
Vast reservoir now full

VAN WYCK – A joint venture between Lancaster County and Union County, N.C., has  completed a colossal new reservoir that increases the counties’ water-storage capacity tenfold – to 1 billion gallons.
More than a decade in the making, the $50 million project will gird the counties for explosive growth, protect them against drought and contamination, and meet stricter regulations for water plants along the Catawba River.