By Outer Banks Voice on October 8, 2020
In the aftermath of the operational failure of a private utility, Currituck County has coordinated with the NC Division of Emergency Management, NC Baptists on Mission, Currituck County Schools, Envirolink Inc., and the Eagle Creek Homeowners Association for the delivery of mobile shower and laundry facilities to the Eagle Creek community, located in Moyock.
The Eagle Creek wastewater utility, which is owned by Sandler Utilities at Eagle Creek, LLC and operated by Envirolink Inc., suffered a failure of the system’s vacuum pumps. There was an additional disruption in the water system reported on the night of Oct. 7. As of Oct. 8, there are about 145 homes in the community without wastewater service.
At the Oct. 5 Currituck County Board of Commissioners meeting, Eagle Creek residents expressed concerns about their failing utility system. Currituck County responded by initiating conversation with the NC Emergency Management office regarding possible relief resources for citizens. Also, on Oct. 6, the Currituck YMCA agreed to allow Eagle Creek residents to use the showers and restrooms at its facility
Currituck County has finalized a plan in which the NC Baptists on Mission, based in Cary, N.C., will place one 6-stall shower trailer and one 8-unit laundry trailer at Moyock Middle School. Volunteers will accompany the trailers to provide appropriate COVID-19 cleaning and disinfecting after each use. The trailers are scheduled to arrive on Oct. 8. The Baptists on Mission will assess the demand on these resources and bring in additional units, if needed.
Currituck County is supplying the water required to operate the shower and laundry trailers and plans to seek reimbursement from Sandler Utilities for this water usage. In addition, the Soil and Water Conservation District Office in Currituck County is monitoring the drainage ditches in the Eagle Creek and greater Moyock area for the presence of contaminants related to the utility failure. Currently, there are none to report.
Eagle Creek residents who have concerns regarding property damage or sewage cleanup should contact the Envirolink Inc. customer service department at 888-754-9878.