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State of Emergency Declared for the Town of Chapel Hill

Post Date:02/03/2017 1:17 PM
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View the 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, update at townofchapelhill.org/Home/Components/News/News/10723/22.

 1:15 p.m. | Friday, Feb. 3, 2017

State of Emergency
Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger has issued a State of Emergency for the Town of Chapel Hill due to a water shortage for Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) customers.

Do Not Use OWASA Water
OWASA directs its customers to not use water until further notice.

Due to a shutdown of the Jones Ferry Road Water Treatment Plant and a major water main break Friday morning on the northeast side of Chapel Hill near Dobbins Drive, the water supply in the OWASA system has reached very low levels. Using water could result in contamination of the OWASA system.

Customers are encouraged to use bottled water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene.

Customers can use bottled water to flush a toilet, after pouring water into the tank. If a toilet does not have a tank, it may be possible to pour water into the bowl to flush.

OWASA is working to restore the Jones Ferry Road Water Treatment Plant to normal operation as soon as it is safe to do so. OWASA field personnel are working to repair the water main break as soon as possible.

For more information on the water shortage, visit owasa.org/emergency-do-not-use-owasa-water-until-further-notice.

Questions about water issues? Call 919-245-6111.

Town Services Closing
The Chapel Hill Public Library and Parks and Recreation facilities closed today at 1 p.m. After-school activities at the Hargraves Center will take place. However, parents are encouraged to pick up their children at their earliest convenience.

Chapel Hill Transit will continue to run on schedule.

From Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
All Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools will close early today. Elementary schools are dismissing at 1:30 p.m., middle schools at 2:10 p.m., and high schools at 2:55 p.m. Any parent wishing to pick up their student earlier is welcome to do that. High school students who walk or drive to school will also be able to leave earlier. All after-school programs will be cancelled as well.

Town Fire Response
The Chapel Hill and Carrboro fire departments have contacted their mutual-aid partners who have resources to assist in bringing additional water to fire scenes. In the event of a fire, those partners are prepared to respond to assist in maintaining a water supply for firefighting until water levels are restored for OWASA customers.

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