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RFQ – NC 210 Parallel Water Transmission Main and BPS Upgrade

Request for Qualifications
Professional Engineering Consulting Services
NC 210 Parallel Water Transmission Main and Booster Pump Station Upgrade

Pender County Utilities (PCU) seeks a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) from consulting engineering firms that can adequately demonstrate they have the resources, experience and qualifications to provide PCU with quality survey, engineering design, permitting, and construction administration services in compliance with USDA-RD funding requirements for the NC 210 Parallel Water Transmission Main and Booster Pump Station Upgrade Project.

RFQ - NC 210 Parallel Water Transmission Main and BPS Upgrade

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Water Outage and Boil Water Advisory

Water Outage and Boil Water Advisory!

Water customers along Sloop Point Loop Road from Highway 17 to Strawberry Fields Way, Country Club Drive from Sloop Point Loop Road to Mallard Bay Road, and all of Mallard Bay Road area served by Pender County Utilities are advised that water will be temporarily turned off to complete a watermain relocation for an NCDOT project in the area :

TONIGHT ~ Wednesday, August 8, 2018
between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.

Water service will be returned to you as soon as possible upon completion of the work.
Periods of low or no pressure in the distribution system increases the potential for back siphonage and introduction of bacteria into the water system.

Therefore, the Rocky Point/Topsail Water System and the NC Division of Water Resources advise that when water is restored, consumers BOIL ALL WATER used for human consumption (including drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation) or use bottled water.

Vigorous boiling for one (1) minute should kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present in the water.

This advisory remains in effect until further written notification is issued.

This advisory issued on August 8, 2018 by:

Kenny Keel, Director
Rocky Point/Topsail Water System


Public Water Supply Section
NC Division of Water Resources
Wilmington Regional Office
(910) 796 – 7215

PENDER COUNTY HEALTH ALERT: Warm weather, recent rain brings mosquitoes and potential for diseases

The Pender County Health Department is encouraging residents to take the necessary precautions to prevent mosquito bites because recent weather conditions have created an environment for mosquitoes to thrive. Mosquitoes carry diseases such as the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV).

EEE can occur in humans and horses and was recently identified in a donkey in a neighboring county with onset of July 21st, 2018. EEE is a rare disease in both horses and humans but is one of the most severe mosquito-transmitted diseases in the United States, with approximately 33% mortality in humans, and significant brain damage in those that survive.

Symptoms in people develop from 4 to 10 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Infection can result in mild or serious symptoms. The less serious form is characterized by a rapid onset of chills, fever, headache, and joint/muscle pain which lasts for 1 to 2 weeks, followed by complete recovery. The serious form progresses into additional symptoms such as irritability, restlessness, drowsiness, anorexia, vomiting, diarrhea, a bluish tinge to the skin, convulsions, and even coma.   Survivors of this serious form of EEE may suffer from long-term effects to the nervous system. Persons under age 15 and over age 50 are at greatest risk of developing severe disease. Therapy can treat the symptoms of the disease but there is no specific cure. There is a vaccine for horses to prevent EEE but not for humans.

West Nile Virus is mainly a disease of birds but can sometimes infect people, horses and other animals. Most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms at all. Some people will have mild symptoms while others may develop serious disease that can include high fever, convulsions, paralysis and, in some cases, lasting neurological effects. People who develop symptoms of severe WNV illness, such as unusually severe headaches or confusion, should seek medical attention immediately. Severe WNV illness usually requires hospitalization. About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. Most people with this type of West Nile virus disease recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months. There has been one death from WNV in North Carolina already this year.

Pender County Health Department’s Mosquito and Vector Control Division is actively spraying for adult mosquitoes in the county and will continue to do so until mosquito populations are reduced. The best defense against EEE and WNV infection and other mosquito-borne diseases is to avoid mosquito bites. Pender County’s Environmental Health Director, Vence Dodge urges residents to take the following precautions:

  • To make your home and yard less mosquito friendly, pour out any standing water, and remove any containers that can hold water, such as, barrels, tires, old cans, and wading pools; change water in bird baths and pet bowls at least twice a week.
  • Keep gutters clean and in good repair.
  • Repair leaky outdoor faucets and replace window and door screens that have rips or tears.
  • For standing water around homes that can’t be eliminated consider purchasing larvicide tablets, also known as mosquito dunks, or come to the health department for some that are available free of charge.
  • Avoid outdoor activities during peak mosquito biting hours (from one hour before to one hour after dusk and dawn); wear long pants, shoes, socks, and long-sleeved shirts if outdoors around twilight.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend several repellents against mosquitoes – DEET, picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus. Consumers should look for products that contain the CDC-recommended ingredients and should read and follow all label instructions.

If you own horses consult with your veterinarian regarding the proper vaccinations and change the water in water troughs at least twice a week to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds

For more information regarding mosquitoes or mosquito control in your areas please contact Pender County Health Department Mosquito and Vector Control Division at 910-259-1326.

Planned Lane Closure on US 117, 1.6 Miles South of NC 210 8-15-18

A NCDOT contractor crew will close the South Bound lane on US 117, 1.6 miles South of NC 210 on August 15, 2018 beginning at 9:00 am and ending at 3:00 pm. One lane will remain open to traffic at all times. A vicinity map is below.

Planned Lane Closure US 117 8-15-18

The lane closure is necessary to allow the contractor to make repairs to a section of guardrail.

The NCDOT reminds motorists to STAY ALERT, use alternate routes when possible during this period, drive with caution, obey the posted speed limits, and allow extra travel time.

For additional information regarding the dates and times of this closure, please visit and click on “Travel & Maps” then, click on “Traveler Information Management System” and use the dropdown menus for county or route, or call “511” from any phone. For real-time travel information, visit or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

48-Hour Boil Water Advisory in Effect for Surf City

ATTENTION Surf City residents and vacation goers!

Early this morning water service had been unexpectedly interrupted for the island portion of Surf City.

The Surf City Police Chief said water has been restored, but there is a 48-hour boil water advisory in effect, because the water system lost pressure last night.

This is the latest update from The Surf City Police Department, “This is the Town of Surf City notifying you that there was an unexpected issue with water line maintenance associated with the new bridge. Water service has been restored, however, there is a precautionary boil water advisory currently in effect for your area from Sea Oaks Drive on the mainland onto the Island. Those on the ONWASA are not affected. You will be notified when the boil water advisory has been lifted. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.”

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Health Department at (910) 259-1230

Recall Alert!

Prinston Pharmaceutical Inc Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Valsartan and Valsartan HCTZ Tablets Due to Detection of a Trace Amount of Unexpected Impurity, N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in The Products.

Prinston Pharmaceutical Inc. dba Solco Healthcare LLC. is recalling all lots of Valsartan Tablets, 40 mg, 80mg, 160mg,   and 320mg; and Valsartan-Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets, 80mg/12.5mg, 160mg/12.5mg, 160mg/25mg, 320mg/12.5mg, and 320mg/25mg to the retail level. This product recall is due to the detection of a trace amount of an unexpected impurity, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), made by the manufacturer – Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. — that is used in the manufacture of the subject product lots. This impurity has been classified as a probable human carcinogen as per International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classification.

The products are indicated for the treatment of hypertension.

Click this link for more details

Beach Towns: What you need to know!

From parking to pets to lifeguards, it’s all here in this guide to Southeastern North Carolina beach towns (listed north to south).

If the link above doesn’t work, please copy and paste the following into your address bar:

Scotts Hill Baptist Church to host ARC blood drive July 17

SCOTTS HILL- The American Red Cross (ARC) will conduct a blood drive at Scotts Hill Baptist Church Monday, July 17, from 1 – 6 p.m.

“Our area is in need of blood, especially this time of the year,” said Larry Matheny, who is organizing the blood drive at Scotts Hill. Matheny is an ARC member of the board of directors.

“Due to busy summer schedules and vacations, donations are desperately needed,” Matheny said.

“It is very easy to sign up for the Tuesday, July 17 blood drive at Scotts Hill Baptist Church,” said Matheny. “Go online to and search by sponsor code Scotts Hill.”

All donors will receive American Red Cross T-shirts, Matheny said.

The American Red Cross expedited the check-in process. Donors should go to to answer donor questions from the comfort of home or office.

“It is very simple to sign-up and we have made it easy to just call to make an appointment,” said Matheny.

“The need is great,” he said. “We need your participation.”

Scotts Hill Baptist Church is located at 185 Scotts Hill Loop Rd.

For more information about the blood drive, call 910-254-GIVE (910-254-4483) or visit online at


July 2, 2018 Public Hearing – Postponed to July 23, 2018

Pender County has rescheduled the public hearing related to the System Development Fee Study conducted by Stantec Consulting Services Inc.  During last year’s session of the North Carolina General Assembly, House Bill 436 was passed and provides local governments the authority to adopt system development fees for public water and sewer systems.  Following its passage, the County commissioned the report as required by the new legislation in the review and determination of appropriate system development fees.

At the regular Board Meeting on Monday July 23, 2018, at 4:00 PM, members of the County Board will receive comments from all interested parties. The Board Meeting will be held at 805 S. Walker St., Burgaw, in the Public Assembly room.

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