Testing may cause water discoloration, pressure changes in Chapel Hill

Water discoloration and pressure changes may affect some Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) customers in Chapel Hill on Tuesday and Wednesday Jan. 29 - 30, 2013.

A limited number of OWASA customers on the east side of Chapel Hill may notice temporary water discoloration and changes in water pressure on Tuesday, Jan. 29, and Wednesday, Jan. 30, due to testing of connections between the City of Durham and OWASA drinking water systems.

OWASA asks customers to be aware of the following:

  • OWASA’s water will continue to be safe, but discolored water should not be used for laundry, cooking, etc.
  • Customers who notice discoloration or air bubbles in water are asked to run cold water through a bathtub faucet, etc. for 5 - 10 minutes to clear up the water. If the water does not clear up, customers are asked to contact OWASA at 919-968-4421.
  • Water pressure may drop temporarily on the east side of Chapel Hill near the Friday Center off NC 54 and near Old Durham Road west of I-40.

The testing Tuesday and Wednesday will complete a coordinated project to confirm that connections among the City of Durham, Town of Cary and OWASA drinking water systems will work properly and to check their capacity to transfer water when necessary due to severe droughts or operational emergencies. The testing project began in mid-December.

The water system connections are normally closed. They are essential for sustaining water service to a community if there is a severe drought, if maintenance or repairs affect the normal operation of a treatment plant, etc.

Customers are invited to contact OWASA at 919-968-4421 or info@owasa.org with any questions or comments.

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