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Hurricane Michael


Based on the laboratory analysis of water samples collected the week of September 26th, 2018, slightly elevated levels of iron and manganese have been detected in portions of the distribution system. This may lead to slight variations in color of slightly yellowish to slightly brown.

The water is still safe to drink and meets all drinking water standards.

What causes the release of iron and manganese in the water mains?

In conversation with NC DEQ officials and other public water supplies that use the Cape Fear River as the raw water source to their Water Treatment Plants, they have seen this type of release after previous flooding events.

It can be attributable to increased iron and manganese in the source of raw water (Cape Fear River) associated with Hurricane Florence, elevated river water temperatures and increased water demands in the distribution system.

It is advisable to not wash white linens if you have discolored water at your tap.

The water color is expected to return to normal within the next few weeks.

Pender County parks to close Thursday

PENDER COUNTY – Pender County’s Hampstead Kiwanis Park and Pender Memorial Park will close on Thursday to all group activities, due to Hurricane Michael.

“We will evaluate the parks and determine if the parks should open on Friday,” said Doug Shipley, Pender County Parks and Recreation director. “If the storm is severe and causes damage, we may need to close the parks throughout the weekend.”

The Holly Shelter Shooting Range will be closed on Thursday, Oct. 11.

Shipley said depending on the impact of the storm, a decision will be made regarding re-opening the facility for Friday and the weekend.

Youth sports and various park activities should monitor the Pender County website, or the parks and rec Facebook pages for updates.


Pender County Emergency Operations fully activated

PENDER COUNTY – The Pender County Office of Emergency Management is fully activated, effective 7 a.m., Oct. 11.

“We are tracking Hurricane Michael,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Management director. “The EOC is fully staffed.”

Pender County Emergency Management will post updates on the Facebook page at and on the county website, If you need assistance call the EM office at 910- 259-1210.


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