OWASA Water Shortage Update | 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4
The Orange County Health Department and Orange Water And Sewer Authority (OWASA) said Saturday afternoon that OWASA water is safe for drinking and other uses, but customers should limit use to essential purposes because water supplies remain below normal levels.
“OWASA tested samples from across the service area to ensure the water is safe for public consumption,” said Orange County Health Director Colleen Bridger. “All of the tests came back safe earlier this afternoon. In light of these results, Orange County Health Department is rescinding the Do Not Use order. Restaurants and hotels are free to re-open. However, we encourage our residents to continue to practice water conservation strategies until OWASA’s storage has been replenished to normal levels.”
OWASA officials said that residents in the Foxcroft Drive area are under a boil water advisory due to the broken water main. Residents will be notified when this precaution is no longer needed.
For more from OWASA and the Orange County Health Department, visit http://www.orangecountync.gov/news_detail_T4_R788.php.
We would like to thank our community for your patience during this tough time. The Town would also like to say a special thank you to those who were able to contribute to the cause, helping those who are less fortunate. State law required businesses in Chapel Hill to close their doors during the water shortage. As they reopen their doors, we hope you will support them with your business.
OWASA is a public, non-profit agency that provides water, sewer (wastewater) and reclaimed water services to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community, including UNC- Chapel Hill.
For more information text OWASAWATER to 888777 or call 919-245-6111.
Water Distribution Centers
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 remain open until 6 p.m. or until the current supplies run out. For access to these locations using Chapel Hill Transit, visit townofchapelhill.org/transit.
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 will remain closed Saturday and return to normal operations on Sunday. The drive up book drop at the library is closed. No items are due today and no fines will accrue. Any items on hold will have their pick up date extended.
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.