Dare County utilities crews have still not located a suspected water leak on southern Hatteras Island.
The Dare County Cape Hatteras Water System, which serves the villages
of Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras, reported on Dec. 1 that it had
experienced higher than normal water demands since Hurricane Matthew on
Initially, system officials attributed higher usage to storm cleanup, but the demands have not diminished since the hurricane.
County Utilities Director Ken Flatt said today crews have started from
the water plant in Frisco and worked their way outward, checking
every line they can and driving around looking for sinkholes full of
water -- all with no luck.
The suspected leak, he said, is about 100 gallons a minute, and,
through checking levels in the village water tanks, crews have
pinpointed the leak is in the Hatteras village area.
Although the suspected leak began about the time Matthew hit the island, officials are not sure that the hurricane caused it.
Flatt said after the holidays -- in early January -- the nonprofit
North Carolina Rural Water Association is going to provide the county
with some help in locating the problem.
In its Dec. 1 news release, the county asked residents who noticed leaks to call the water system at 252-475-5990.
Flatt said the system received only one phone call that didn't lead to
the discovery of a leak, but he still wants to hear from anyone who
notices a possible leak.