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Public Notice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 15, 2024

Beginning this month, February 2024, Pamlico County will start construction of major improvements to the Kershaw Water Treatment Plant (Kershaw). Scope of the project includes but is not limited to the following work:

• New Pre-Chlorination System
• New Induced Draft Aerator
• Ground Storage Tank Repairs
• Replace Filter and Softener Media
• Add 3rd Water Softener Vessel
• Plant Addition for TOC/Color Removal

Chair of the Pamlico County Board of Commissioner states: “The County has been working many years on the design and funding for these projects and we are excited to see this important work begin. "

Total cost of the project is approximately $6.3 million. The project is funded by a State Revolving Fund loan of about $3 million with $744,000 principal forgiveness and $3.3 million from a $5 million State legislative appropriation, granted to the County for water and sewer improvements.

Shook Construction was awarded the contract. It is estimated that work will take approximately 18months to finish. When work is complete, the plant will be capable of producing softer, higher quality finished water. Water Department Field Operations Manager Jeff Sanders says: “The upgrades will reduce water hardness and remove color from the water, improving overall water quality to customers.”

The Grantsboro Water Treatment Plant needs similar improvements. Plans for this project are complete but additional funding needs to be secured to start the project. While work is proceeding on the Kershaw Plant, the County will also work with State representatives to obtain funds for the Grantsboro project.

For more information on these projects and for information on any other plans related to the water system, customers may call the Pamlico County Water Department at 252-745-5453.



TEMPORARY CHANGE OF WATER TREATMENT PROCESS


From October 20,2023 thru November 20, 2023, the Pamlico County Water Department will change its drinking water disinfectant from chloramines to chlorine. The purpose of this change, which occurs annually, is to help ensure a high level of disinfection in our community’s network of water mains.

In an effort to maintain compliance the disinfection by-product requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) the Pamlico County Water System utilizes chloramination at its water treatment facility. Chloramination is the controlled application of ammonia to the chlorination, does not react with naturally occurring organic material in the source water to form disinfection by-products currently regulated by the SDWA.

Water systems that utilize chloramination must periodically return to the free chlorine process. This change provides additional assurance that the proper disinfection of water in the system is maintained.

Most customers probably will not detect the difference; however, those with a keen sense of taste or smell may detect a slight chlorine odor in the water during this period. This would be due to the presence of residual chlorine rather than odorless residual chloramines.

Friday, October 6, 2023 2:19:00 PM