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New sewer system has Oak Island residents worried

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A new sewer system is triggering health concerns in Oak Island. Residents are concerned that the way the system has been installed, could compromise their drinking water. Concern over this new sewer system began when it became public knowledge that some of the sewer lines were put in above the lines carrying the town's drinking water. One concerned resident, Earl Wallace, said, "It's concerning in that if you go get a glass of water you don't know what's in there and you have to look - gives a whole other meeting to bottoms up." Traditional "gravity" sewer lines aren't allowed to be constructed above water lines, but Oak Island Mayor Johnie Vereen said the lines being put in on Oak Island use a vacuum collection system and aren't subject to the same state guidelines. "Our sewer staff has been meeting with the folks in Raleigh to determine how we're supposed to handle this problem we need direction from them." Vereen went on to say, "The question I have is how did this happen? Who was responsible for these lines to be installed in this manner?" The engineering company hired to plan the project sent an email denying any fault. They said contractors did not follow their plan when building the lines, and now do not meet current state standards. The mayor says the contractors didn't see a problem in putting the sewer lines over the water lines. "The two contractors that have been talked to couldn't even believe that this had come up." The new sewer lines being built will have an iron casing around them to prevent any leaks. The lines already in the ground will not be fixed until the issue of regulating "vacuum-type" sewer systems comes up at the state level next month. The mayor believes repairs will cost an additional $200,000, on top of the new sewer's $100 million price tag. The mayor said even if repairs are necessary, the new sewer should still be finished on time, which is scheduled to be in May of 2010.

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sewer sytem

BEING AS SEWER IS A VACUUM SYSTEM AND WATER IS A PRESSURE SYSTEM-FOR A PROBLEM THERE WOULD NEED A BREAK IN BOTH NEAR EACH OTHER THE SEWER WOULD STEAL ALL THE WATER -NO HEALTH PROBLEM THERE-JUST DONT RUN IT THROUGH MY METER

Waste water lines

CB, wastewater system components crossing the water lines in this circumstance are gravity lines connecting the customers building to the valve pits. Also there are rare circumstances where the water lines are not under pressure. Finally it may be true that the national and state codes with respect to this situation maybe overly strict it is still the case that they are the code and until revoked by the state need to be followed by municipalities and their contractors.

oak island sewer

OK GUYS -WATER IS A PRESSURE SYTEM AND SEWER IS VACUUM SYSTEM-IT DONT GO UP HILL NOR FROM A VACUUM TO PRESSURE

Typical Oak Island Politics

Typical Oak Island politics, when the facts are against you resort to personal attacks. Here is the pertinent State Statute from NCAC 1950. (f) Sewer lines may cross a water line if 18 inches clear separation distance is maintained, with the sewer line passing under the water line. When conditions prevent an 18-inch clear separation from being maintained or whenever it is necessary for the water line to cross under the sewer, the sewer line shall be constructed of ductile iron pipe or its equivalent and the water line shall be constructed of ferrous materials equivalent to water main standards for a distance of at least ten feet on each side of the point of crossing, with full sections of pipe centered at the point of crossing.

Complaints

Isn't it amazing that the three stooges who are instrumental in complaining the loudest are: *an ex-mayor who has certainly used her life-time quota of stupid *the only planning board chairman in NC who has ever been fired; and *a citizen who ran for council and received the lowest number of votes in the history of politics hmmmm........

the three stooges are one

the three stooges are one hundred percent correct on the issue. leaders of this expensive project are clueless with no experience with waste water.

Oak Island Wastewater System

The Mayor needs a refresher on the Town of Oak Islands new waste water system. While the overall waste water collection system is a vacuum system, the vacuum lines only extend to the valve pits. The lines from the valve pits to the customers sewer line are gravity lines. These gravity lines are the lines that are crossing over the water lines in the street right of way and are certainly covered by the State regulation or at least until the State officials say they are not covered. The Town of Holden Beach has had a vacuum waste water collection system up and operating for a couple years as well.

The 3 stooges

#1 A mayor that does not pay the town taxes he helped raise. #2 A planning board chairman that has a lip lock on the mayors behind. #3 A town manager that is a moron.