News and Updates

High Knob Utilities, Inc.

Next Board Meeting:

Monday, September 13

@ 7 PM

Virtual Meeting via Zoom

Please contact the office for the link.

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High Knob Water Restrictions In Effect Effective August 4, 2021
High Knob Utilities, Inc. has announced voluntary water usage restrictions for the High Knob water service area. The restrictions apply to all High Knob Utilities water customers. During the restriction period, customers are asked to refrain from outdoor water use, including but not limited to:
• Watering lawns
• Washing cars, boats, trailers, recreation vehicles, etc.
• Filling pools and hot tubs
• Non-commercial power washing
• All other non-essential outside use of water
Customers are also requested to conserve water in their daily activities whenever possible. The restrictions are required as a result of limited rainfall. These restrictions will help ensure that there is adequate water for all customers for essential purposes. In the event you see a neighbor involved in non-compliant water use during this period, please offer them a friendly reminder of these restrictions. Water used for lawn watering or car washing is unavailable for someone else's bathing and cooking needs. 

High Knob Utilities thanks its customers for their cooperation and understanding.

 

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Water Meter Upgrade

 

We are continuing to install new water meters throughout the water system as we roll out our new Automated Meter Reading system. Over the upcoming months, water will be off briefly at each home while the new meter is being installed. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

 

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To access your account with our cloud-based utility billing software, please sign up at https://hkui.authoritypay.com

This secure online payment method is the fastest and most convenient way to pay your water bill!

If you have any questions about our online payment option, please call the office at 540-635-6131 for further information.

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Fresh Water starts at the Source

Our water at High Knob comes from three natural springs and seven wells deep under the forest ground.  

Our water contains a balance of minerals like calcium, manganese, and magnesium that naturally provide taste.  

 

It is not necessary to treat our water with harsh chemicals that can create toxic byproducts.  The quality of High Knob’s drinking water matches or exceeds that of most bottled water available today as well as most municipal water sourced from major rivers.  

 

The VA Department of Health recognized our water system as, "one of the finest small water systems in the region." So lift up your glass and drink deep the Pierian spring! 

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How Our System Works

The High Knob water system obtains its source water from three springs and seven deep wells.  Most of these commercial grade wells and all of the springs are located on approximately 60 acres of protected and dedicated water shed property.  

 

The water plant consists of eight ground storage reservoirs with an approximate total capacity of 180,000 gallons.  There are 16 pumps of various types and sizes, managed by a computer system with an array of sensors, relays and monitors. Generators provide backup power.  

 

The distribution system consists of approximately 17 miles of water mains of various sizes with associated valves, hydrants, pressure management and monitoring systems. The community’s covenants prohibit wells on most lots.  Each customer is served by an individual metered connection.

 

The total mechanical assets in the High Knob water system range in age from new to over 40 years and would cost $3.8 million in 2014 dollars to replace.  In 2005 a major system upgrade costing $1.2 million dollars was completed along with an engineering study conducted in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Health.

 

Other improvements are ongoing as older assets are replaced. High Knob is pleased to have what VDH officials have described as “one of the finest small water systems in the region” and has received awards for excellence.

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Water Quality

High Knob’s water is routinely monitored for quality.  Sampling for bacteria is performed monthly while tests for a large array of other constituents are performed quarterly and annually.  

 

Although tests show that in most cases it is not required, light chlorination is used to maintain sanitation throughout the storage system and miles of distribution mains. Most newer model refrigerators remove the chlorine from your water before you fill up your glass.

 

The Annual Water Quality Report is published in late spring. Monthly Bacteriological Results are also published. 

Download Report: 

 

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