Sewer moratorium lifted for Kinnakeet Shores

Published 12:05 pm Wednesday, December 13, 2023

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For just over two years, no new sewer taps or building permits were issued for Kinnakeet Shores Soundside in Avon.

On Oct. 13, 2021, a sewer moratorium was imposed on the development because “inspections conducted by the Division of Water Resources revealed severe deficiencies existed in areas of the operation and maintenance of the WWTP (Wastewater Treatment Plant).”

On Nov. 28, 2023, that moratorium was rescinded by the Water Quality Regional Operations Section of the Division of Water Resources, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.

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On July 29, 2022, the North Carolina Utilities Commission assigned Carolina Water Service Inc. of North Carolina as an emergency operator. The regulators at the commission “determined that the wastewater treatment system was in a ‘real emergency’ because of the loss of adequate sewer treatment.”

The letter to Carolina Water lifting the moratorium reports states inspections “have documented significant improvements and efforts in meeting permit conditions.”

The letter continues: “Current performance at the WWTP indicates the conditions necessitating the imposition of the moratorium have been remediated, and the WWTP now has both the hydraulic and operational capacity to accommodate additional flow.”

In forwarding the announcement, Pat Weston, president of Greater Kinnakeet Shores Homeowners, Inc., said about lifting the moratorium, “it’s been a long time coming, but it’s over for now, and sooner than I thought.”

She wrote, “plans can now be submitted to the Kinnakeet Shores ARC [Architecture Review Committee] and building permits can be obtained.”

Noah Gillam, Dare County planner, estimated that at least a dozen property owners are awaiting the lifting of the sewer moratorium to file for building permits.