Frequently Asked Questions
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- Do you supply my water or does one of the towns?
- The Dare County Public Water Supply System consists of five separate distribution systems. They cover the communities listed below:
- Southern Shores, Duck, Kitty Hawk and Colington
- Unincorporated areas of Roanoke Island not serviced by Manteo
- Stumpy Point
- Rodanthe, Waves Salvo
- Avon, Buxton, Frisco, Hatteras
- Where does our water come from?
- The Dare County Water Department operates five water treatment facilities.
We operate four Reverse Osmosis water treatment plants that desalt groundwater from wells drilled down to about 300 to 400 feet below the ground near the plant. This process could treat Atlantic Ocean water, but the groundwater is much less salty and easier to treat. These plants are located in Kill Devil Hills, Stumpy Point, Rodanthe, and Frisco.
Our fifth plant, located on Roanoke Island, softens fresher well water (200 feet deep) by Ion/Anion Exchange. A form of water treatment where water passes through a media bed to remove impurities from the water.
- What is Reverse Osmosis?
- Reverse Osmosis (RO) is a form of water treatment where we pump water through membranes to remove impurities from the water. Our computerized system removes over 97% of the total dissolved minerals from the well water.
- How much fluoride and/or sodium is in the water?
- Fluoride - 1.0-1.2 parts per million (ppm). The State of North Carolina maximum is 4.0 ppm, but the recommended dosage is between 1.0-1.2 ppm to minimize dental decay. All of the treatment chemicals are added and controlled by computers.
Sodium - The average amount of sodium in the finished products at the Skyco Ion/Anion Exchange and Reverse Osmosis (KDH) water plants varies between 100 and 120 ppm. At the RO Plant in Rodanthe - 40-60 ppm.
The maximum allowable level for sodium is 250 ppm. We have been advised that our customers that are on a moderate sodium restricted diet should consume no more than 270 milligrams of sodium per day, that equals about a half of a gallon of water per day. Those customers on an extremely restrictive diet (20 milligrams per day) should resort to bottled water for consumption.
- Where can I have my water tested?
- Each of our five water treatment facilities have a staffed laboratory. For no charge to our customers, we will sample and test your water to assure you that you are receiving the best and safest water possible. Please call us if you are concerned and we will respond that day, if possible.
- How much is the minimum bill and do I have to pay it if my house is closed up for the winter?
- The base charge for Colington, Kitty Hawk, Duck, Southern Shores, Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo, and the unincorporated areas of Roanoke Island not serviced by Manteo, for a typical residential 3/4 inch water service is $13.55. After $13.55, the summer (March - August) rate is $7.31 per thousand and the winter (September - February) rate is $5.62 per thousand.
Avon, Buxton, Frisco, Hatteras, and Stumpy Point pay a base of $14.96. After $14.96, the summer (March - August) rate is $7.31 per thousand and the winter (September - February) rate is $5.62 per thousand.
Yes, the base charge does have to be paid each billing cycle.
- I have a water leak. Do you give any kind of adjustment or any kind of help?
- Yes. If you show proof of a water leak repair, we may be able to adjust your bill.
- May I pay my bill with my credit card?
- Yes, we accept MasterCard, Visa, or American Express. Online payments can also be made at the following website:
https://darencfin.munisselfservice.com/citizens/UtilityBilling/Default.aspx Payments can also be made by calling (1) 888-272-9829. The jurisdiction code is 3955. Your account number will be needed when you call.
- How soon is my water bill payment processed?
- Utility bill payments must be made not less than 24 hours prior to a due date or disconnection date to allow sufficient time for processing. Payments made less than 24 hours prior to 12:01
AM on the due date or disconnection date may not be processed in time to prevent late charges or disconnection of service for nonpayment of the bill.
Example #1: If your due date is the 22nd of the month, you should enter your payment no later than midnight on the 20th.
Example #2: If your disconnect notice states "Pay before shutoff date of 08/08/2005," you should enter your payment no later than midnight on the 6th. You must pay at least the minimum amount due as shown on the disconnect notice to avoid disconnection.
Online payments are processed by 8:00 AM each business day. If your payment does not appear on that morning's batch, your account may be subject to late penalties and/or disconnection of service.
- What is done when a hurricane approaches the area?
- Each of our five water facilities will remain staffed with volunteers to ensure that all elevated and ground storage tanks are filled with drinking water for clean up, cooking and other essential uses after the storm passes, if necessary. All four plants have auxiliary generator power and are built to withstand hurricane wind forces. Minimal staff are on hand to ensure consistent water service to our customers, yet keeping the safety of personnel of utmost importance.