OWASA Water Shortage Update | 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, 2017
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Water distribution centers in Chapel Hill will open at 10 a.m. Saturday. See below for details.
Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) customers are still under a do not use order from the authority and the Orange County Health Department. OWASA officials continue to work on restoring water supply to its customers. The Health Department is working closely with OWASA to test the water as soon as possible. Results won’t be available until at least Saturday evening.
For more information text OWASAWATER to 888777 or call 919-245-6111.
Water Distribution Centers
Harris Teeter will distribute free water to multiple locations in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. The free distribution will begin at 9 p.m. Friday and will continue as long as supplies last. Shoppers will receive gallon or three-liter water jugs—limit three per person.
Distribution locations include Harris Teeter locations at University Place (2110 S Estes Drive), Chapel Hill North (1800 Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard), Meadowmont Village (116 W Barbee Chapel Road), and Carr Mill Mall in Carrboro (310 N Greensboro Street).
Update: Water distribution centers at the Town of Chapel Hill’s Southern Community Park (1000 Sumac Road) and Hargraves Community Center (216 N Roberson Street) will not be open Friday night. They will open at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4.
Businesses in the OWASA Service Area
State law says businesses—including hotels—that are inspected by the Health Department must close if they are without water.
Town of Chapel Hill Facilities
Transit and public safety services are maintaining normal operations.
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.
The Chapel Hill Public Library and all Parks and Recreation facilities are closed Saturday. The drive up book drop at the library is also closed. No items will be due and no fines will accrue. Any items on hold will have their pick up date extended.
Seymour Senior Center
Orange County Department on Aging will close the Seymour Center effective immediately. Only staff and individuals scheduled for tax preparation will be able to access the facility.
The Seymour Center, located at 2551 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill, will reopen on Monday, Feb. 6, if water has been restored.
For more information on the Seymour Center reopening status, visit orangecountync.gov/departments/aging.
UNC-Chapel Hill Men’s Basketball hosting Notre Dame
The UNC vs. Notre Dame men’s basketball game has been postponed to 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, in Greensboro. Visit GoHeels.com for more information.
The University will post updates with more information as details become available at alertcarolina.unc.edu.
The Town of Chapel Hill is especially thankful to its neighbors for providing water through emergency water lines while repairs are made. The City of Durham and the Town of Hillsborough both provided water during the shortage.
Stay Tuned for More Information
Stay tuned to your local media as well as the following resources for future updates:
- Town of Chapel Hill – townofchapelhill.org
- OWASA – owasa.org
- Twitter: @OWASA1
- Orange County - orangecountync.gov
- Twitter: @OCNCGOV
- Orange County Health Department - orangecountync.gov/health
- Twitter: @OrangeHealthNC
Text updates: Text OWASAWATER to 888777.
Call for more information: 919-245-6111.