Ad Spot

Capital projects for Dare County water system approved

Over the next seven years, Dare County’s Water Department will spend $18.15 million on capital projects, which includes a $6.65 million revenue bond issue in 2025.

The county’s Board of Commissioners approved the 2021-2027 Water Capital Improvements Plan on Sept. 8.

Over that time period, $11.5 million will be spent on pay-as-you-go projects.

The plan is done in connection with the water rate model. According to the model, the revenue bond coverage stays above 1.87. Required per policy is 1.5.

For the next four years, the system will continue to purchase and install a drive-by automated meter reading and billing system. The project, which started in fiscal year 2019, totals $6.5 million.

Painting and maintenance of eight water towers are scheduled starting in fiscal years 2021. The work totals $960,000 for towers in Stumpy Point, Southern Shores, Duck, Buxton 400,000 tank, Roanoke Island, Colington and Cape Hatteras. The Buxton 110,000 tank will be replaced costing $800,000.

At reverse osmosis plants, the quality of the raw water determines how long membranes last. Replacing membranes at the Cape Hatteras Reverse Osmosis Treatment Plant will cost $200,000. The current membranes have been in service since 2013. At the Rodanthe Treatment Plant, the cost is $180,000. These membranes have been working since 2008. In Stumpy Point, membranes will be replaced for $54,000.

The plan calls for the expansion of the North Reverse Osmosis Plant by upgrading membrane skids and membranes, pumps and plant raw water piping. In fiscal year 2021, $1.88 million is allocated. Some $2.5 million has been set aside previously. Membrane dated 2013 is scheduled for replacement in fiscal year 2022 for $288,000.

Other capital improvement items include:

Fiscal Year 2021: building an operation and maintenance building in Frisco, $176,000; upgrading the Frisco well field, $98,200.

Fiscal Year 2022: acquiring an upgrade for the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system (SCADA) for all water and wastewater plants, $644,802; replace emergency diesel generator at RWS plant, $132,057.

Fiscal Year 2023: roof and side RWS treatment plant, $195,000; repair and update the STEP system controls in the Stumpy Point Wastewater Collection System, $96,000; buy an emergency diesel generator for the North Reverse Osmosis Plant, $301,385.

Fiscal Year 2024: tank and water tower maintenance.

Fiscal Year 2025: replace first bank arsenic media filter, $350,000; replace the 12-inch water line between Buxton and Avon, $1.2 million; expand Hatteras Island water system by extending water lines to streets with improved properties not currently served, $2.1 million; add nanofiltration units at Skyco plant, $3 million.

READ ABOUT MORE NEWS AND EVENTS HERE.

RECENT HEADLINES:

Fishing license eligibility board meets Oct. 20; deadline for applications Sept 30

Manteo annexes vacant lot

News

Organizations and individuals join to support victims of Buxton fire

Crime

Second degree murder charges filed for death of Kitty Hawk woman

News

DEQ awards $11.5 million in storm damage grants

Crime

Tolson charged with second degree murder in death of LeeAnn Fletcher

Business

Food Lion To-Go launches in Columbia

News

Weekly gas price update for North Carolina

News

North Carolina Ferry System designated federal Marine Highway Project

News

Early vote total exceeds 2016; GOP chips at Dems’ advantage

News

Coast Guard ensign from North Carolina identified as one of servicewomen killed in Alabama plane crash

News

Dare students go back to school Monday

News

New welding lab opened at College of The Albemarle’s Dare campus

Lifestyles

North Carolina Zoo featured in new Nat Geo WILD series

Lifestyles

Taking a dip at Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

News

Applications open for new rent and utility assistance program

News

Visitation at Cape Hatteras National Seashore up again

Lifestyles

Nine Dare County employees receive service pins

Currituck

Currituck Extension holding hay bale decorating contest

Business

Company that maintains state-owned rest areas settles EEOC lawsuit

News

Buxton fire claimed lives of four, county confirms

News

Manteo Planning Board paves the way for COA project, but questions remain

News

COVID-19 update sees case numbers increasing

Currituck

Feeling festive? Enter Currituck Extension’s fall arrangement contest

Lifestyles

FOCUS: Rods on the Run

News

Coast Guard confirms family of active duty member unaccounted for in Buxton fire