By The Voice on January 29, 2013A new sewage treatment plant in Moyock will help make commercial development more affordable and can be expanded for future growth, Currituck County officials say.
The $2.6 million, 99,000-gallons-a-day sewage treatment plant about 2 miles from the Virginia-North Carolina state line began operating at the beginning of the year.
Now, any commercial or residential development in the Moyock area can connect to municipal sewer services instead of having to install on-site septic systems or build their own treatment systems, said Currituck County Economic Development Director Peter F. Bishop.
“So land is now inherently more valuable in the Moyock area and certainly much more affordable to develop than before. Also, smaller sites can be better utilized and we can encourage more efficient clustering of developments,” Bishop said.
Bishop said the plant is “just the first phase of a facility that eventually will be able to handle up to 600,000 gallons a day to accommodate future growth.”
“Businesses already are excited and connecting,” Bishop said. “We expect to expand the treatment plant sooner rather than later, in response to demand.”
Tap fees for the new sewage system are $5,500 per 250-gallon increment of use for both commercial and residential customers. Average monthly fees are projected to be 1.5 times the customer’s water bills.
Last spring, the Currituck County Board of Commissioners agreed to borrow $2.7 million to build the plant on 68 acres of former farmland behind Moyock United Methodist Church, which is at 268 Caratoke Highway.
Currituck County Manager Dan Scanlon has estimated that the system should be self-sufficient and the loan paid off in three years. All county‐owned water and sewer operations are designed to pay for themselves without drawing on county property taxes.
The T.A. Loving Co. of Goldsboro, N.C., was the contractor for the sewer plant, while George Raper & Son Inc. of Camden County, N.C., extended the sewer force main.