Ocean Sands properties are currently served by the Ocean Sands Water/Sewer District (OSWSD). This system will become part of the Southern Outer Banks Water System, but currently retains a separate rate and fee schedule.
Currituck County provides sanitary sewer service for over 1,000 sewer connections in the Ocean Sands development. This service, established through the Ocean Sands Water and Sewer District, can treat 500,000 gallons per day of wastewater at the Ocean Sands Wastewater Treatment Plant. The treatment plant was constructed in 1976 and will be replaced by a newer facility that will treat 600,000 gallons per day by Summer 2019.
Over 7 miles of underground piping and 8 lift stations make up the Ocean Sands wastewater collection system. Wastewater from homes flow through these pipes by gravity to a pump station. The pump station then pumps it to the wastewater treatment plant where it gets treated and disposed. Currituck County is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the collection system up to the homeowner’s property line.
The Currituck County Water Department administrative office provides billing and administrative services for the Ocean Sands Water/Sewer District.
The sewer treatment facilities are owned and operated by Currituck County Government.
- Ocean Sands subdivision, in the following sections:
D, E, F, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q
- Crown Point
As of May 2017, the system has 999 active connections.
Ocean Sands Water and Sewer District (OSWSD) Mast Plan Update – August 2008
The Master Plan update evaluates the infrastructure needs to meet the build out water and sewer demands for the existing OSWSD and the undeveloped areas of Ocean Sands under the following scenarios:
- Alternative 1: Sections G and T are integrated into the OSWSD.
- Alternative 2: Sections G and T develop separately and must meet their own water and sewer needs separate from the OSWSD.
Ocean Sands Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade – January 2017
Upgrade of the existing treatment plant will be completed by January 2019.
Comprehensive Wastewater Master Plan for the Currituck County Southern Outer Banks – June 2011
Historically, wastewater on the Outer Banks has been managed by individual subdivisions. Due to
the challenges and concerns, Currituck County and Outer Banks Ventures (OBV) have decided to
evaluate the potential for regionalizing wastewater management on the Currituck Southern Outer
Banks. The purpose of this Comprehensive Wastewater Master Plan is to evaluate the feasibility of
a regional wastewater utility to serve the Currituck Southern Outer Banks.