News Release from OWASA

OWASA responds to wastewater overflow at Rogerson Drive in Chapel Hill

Post Date:04/13/2019 1:28 PM

On Friday evening at 9 pm, the Orange Water Sewer Authority (OWASA) responded to a wastewater overflow at Rogerson Drive (near Raleigh Road) in Chapel Hill. The cause of the overflow was a break in a wastewater pipe. We mobilized immediately to mitigate the flow and start the repair process.

The heavy rains have increased the volume of water that has entered our wastewater system. Three overflows have occurred at the Rogerson Drive site since last night. Each overflow lasted between 1 to 3 hours.

The majority of the overflow traveled downhill from the pipe into a wooded area where there are no residents; all people and pets should avoid the area as wastewater can be contaminated. Some of it flowed into a nearby storm drain which enters Morgan Creek, a tributary into Jordan Lake in the Cape Fear River Basin. We do not yet know the total volume of overflow that occurred.

We are investigating the pipe break and will share updates as they become available. Our team is working to repair the pipe and we anticipate the work to be complete by Tuesday. OWASA notified the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources' Division of Water Resources about the overflow Friday evening and the Division is reviewing the matter.

There are no impacts on drinking water. OWASA's drinking water and wastewater systems are not connected. The wastewater system also remains fully operational; residents can continue to flush toilets. Updates on the Rogerson Drive repair will be posted to

For customer assistance, please call 919-968-4421.

For more information: Linda Low, Communications Officer, 919-525-5516


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