FAYETTEVILLE--The Fayetteville Public Works Commission said it now looks like Glenville Lake will be drained in 2013.
Residents in the area were concerned over previous reports that the lake would be drained this summer. Fayetteville resident Agustin Baez and his friends frequent Glenville Lake.
"To us its a like a barber shop, we come down here and we fellowship with one another and we talk about different things in society and politics,” said Baez.
When they were told the lake would be drained in the future by the public works commission, Baez said it will affect many residents of Fayetteville. He hopes it will be done in a timely fashion.
"[I hope] that they repair it as fast as possible, so people like myself and my friends here can come and enjoy a day of fishing with their children. And also a lot people take evening walks here, joggers come and sit, some people come out here mediate, have coffee in the morning,” said Baez.
The Public Works Commission said the spillway and dam are over 100-years-old and will be replaced as a precaution. They say the 21 acre lake will sit empty for one year to complete these repairs.
"Doing the work that we are doing is preventative, so it will prevent any type of emergency repairs that we experienced with Hope Mills lake,” said Communications Officer PWC Carolyn Justice-Hinson.
The lake, which sits in Mazarick Park, serves as a back up water supply to the city main water source, the Cape Fear River. There is no concern with water supply.
Hinson said it was originally thought the lake would be drained this summer, but she said residents can rest assured that the water is not leaving for at least a few more months.