Conservation and Education
Conservation of natural resources including water is a strong value in the Carrboro-Chapel Hill community and at OWASA. OWASA customers have achieved a remarkable level of water conservation since 2001: drinking water use in our community has fallen about 30% and returned to levels not seen since the early 1990s, despite the community's growth in the last two decades.
The benefits of conservation: Conservation practices and investments make our community better prepared for droughts; defer the need for multi-million dollar expansion of OWASA system capacities; and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from use of conventional energy sources to pump lake water, drinking water, sewage and treated wastewater. (By reducing hot water use in homes and business, etc., OWASA customers can also reduce their energy use.)
||Drought-tolerant, non-invasive trees, shrubs and flowers are a practical alternative to traditional cold-season grasses. When well established, drought-tolerant landscaping can add beauty to your property, complement lawn areas, and save water—and dollars. It can also provide other environmental benefits by improving wildlife habitat, and by reducing the use of fertilizers, pesticides, and lawn mowing.
Our Conservation Policy is: To develop, fund, and implement a cost-effective water conservation and demand management program that will meet our community's long-term water supply needs (through 2050) by making the highest and best use of our local water resources and eliminating the need for costly new water supply sources and facilities.
OWASA has adopted a Water Shortage Response Plan in accord with State requirements.
Educating the Community
Education, communication and information are a key part of our services to the community.
It is our responsibility not only to provide clean, safe drinking water and to responsibly treat wastewater, but to clearly, courteously and timely inform our customers about our services, policies, plans and actions; proposed actions, policies and plans; and meaningful opportunities to participate in OWASA's decision processes.
We welcome your questions, comments and the opportunity to give you information through our website, by contacting or visiting us, touring our facilities, etc. Please feel free contact us at email@example.com or 919-537-4267.
We invite you to join our electronic mailing list to receive our news releases simply and quickly by e-mail. To join our mail list, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, we offer presentations to school classes on request in addition to providing tours of our water and wastewater treatment plants. To schedule a presentation on our community's water resources including where our water comes from, how we treat lake water to make drinking water, how wastewater is treated and recycled, and related topics, please contact Public Affairs at 537-4267 or email@example.com.
To visit the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's website on the campus-wide "Water in our World" theme for 2012-14, please click here.
For the US Environmental Protection Agency's water-related lesson plans and resources for teachers, please click on the following link: Water.