| February 17, 2009
Water advisory for Buxton is canceled
water service to the Dare County Cape Hatteras water system in Buxton
has been restored to capacity. Samples collected from multiple
locations within the system have been analyzed in a state certified
laboratory and found to be free of coli form bacteria.
Based on these results, the continued presence of adequate disinfectant
residuals, and the maintenance of consistent pressure throughout the
system, the “boil water” advisory has been rescinded.
Residents, businesses, and industries served by this system are urged
to continue to manage their water usage and consumption and report any
leaks or problems to the Dare County water system.
February 16, 2009
Dare County issues water advisory for Buxton
The water main break causing interruption of service to water customers
in Buxton has been repaired. Repairs were completed at 3:30 on
Monday morning. Customers may continue to experience periods of
low pressure or discolored water for a period of time.
Based on the potential for contamination from cross connections or back
siphonage, the customers of the water system in the village of Buxton
are advised to boil all water used for human consumption. The
Water Department will have bacteriological test results on Tuesday
morning, at which time the advisory may be lifted.
Boiling the water to a full rolling boiling for a period of one
minute before use for consumption (drinking or making tea, coffee,
Kool-Aid etc.) or ice making should greatly reduce the
possibility of any bacteriological contamination. If you can not boil
the water, add plain household bleach (which is 4 to 6 percent
chlorine) using 1/4 teaspoon per gallon. Water should have a
slight bleach odor.
Because boiling water can increase nitrate levels that might be
present, bottled water or stored water should be used by pregnant women
and be used for preparing infant formula. If possible, infants
and pregnant women should drink bottled water. If bottled water
is not available to drink, than it is better for them to drink boiled
water than to drink water that is not boiled and may be contaminated.
No microbiological contamination has been found in the drinking water
as a result of this incident. Samples have been collected from
throughout the affected area to confirm the microbiological quality.
For additional information, Contact the Dare County Water Department at 475-5990.