Interim Town Manager Jammie Royall said bids on the $5.5 million wastewater treatment plan project will start in October.
Originally planned for an August bid, the total project focuses on removal of a huge free farm that has hybrid sycamore trees and approximately 26 miles of drip line. Plant officials want to replace the acreage with Bermuda grass.
They also plan to replace high-tech equipment inside the plant.
Once a bid is awarded and work begins, Royall anticipates the project to be completed within a year.
The plant is currently under a state-mandated moratorium that has prohibited the town from taking on and providing any additional services for businesses or residential projects.
It was sanctioned against the town after repeated sewer spills dumped into the nearby headwaters of the Northeast Cape Fear River.