Phase 1 of a six phase sanitary sewer treatment plant and collection system is closer to reality in Rocky Mount. The sewer district board announced at their meeting on Wednesday night that they have received an approval letter from the Department of Natural Resources for the plant which will be built on Lake Road Y-13 one mile from Lick Branch Cove. At a public hearing last week, residents expressed their concerns about water quality and property values. Project engineers and sewer district officials say the effluence released from the plant will be better than the lake water. Property values are expected to rise because of the sewer connection. The project will cost about four million dollars, all of that will come from grants and loans. Construction on the plant is expected to start this summer.