The Board of Directors adopts our annual budget, approves bond issues to fund capital projects, makes policy decisions, and sets your rates, fees, and charges based on cost-of-service principles. The Board also appoints an Executive Director, independent Auditor, and General Counsel. OWASA Board and committee meetings are normally open to public attendance.
The Board of Directors for OWASA is comprised of Carrboro-Chapel Hill-Orange County residents just like yourself. Our nine-member Board is composed of five appointed representatives from Chapel Hill, two from Carrboro, and two from Orange County. Anyone in the community and within the OWASA service area or Orange County may volunteer to become a Board member, pending approval and appointment.
Governing a critical public utility effectively requires a group of dedicated volunteers with a broad range of knowledge and experiences. The Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) Board of Directors is unique in that it is in fact a governing Board and, therefore, does not simply advise the elected bodies on issues. Our Board of Directors addresses a wide variety of issues including infrastructure investment, employee compensation and benefits, finance and rate setting, customer service and affordability, environmental protection, forestry, public health, and community engagement, among others. Experience in these areas can be helpful, but specific technical experience is not required; the only true qualification needed is a genuine commitment to serve the community. Former Board members have found serving on the Board to be a meaningful and rewarding experience, though this level of community service does require a significant investment of time and energy to prepare for and attend meetings. OWASA embraces diversity and inclusion in everything we do, and we encourage all interested candidates to apply with Carrboro, Chapel Hill, or Orange County for appointments to our Board of Directors.
For more information on applying visit the Boards and Commission pages for the appointing governments:
You may send an email to all Board Members, the Executive Director, General Counsel and Clerk to the Board. Keep in mind that emails to and from OWASA are public records under State law (Chapter 132 of the General Statutes); however, customer billing records, employment applications and certain other information are not public records.
The OWASA Board of Directors appreciates and invites the public to attend and observe its meetings. Due to COVID-19, the Board is currently holding meetings virtually at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of the month. The Board does not meet the fourth Thursdays of November and December due to the holidays. View OWASA’s calendar of meetings and events for more information.
Public speakers are encouraged to organize their remarks for delivery within the four-minute timeframe allowed each speaker. Additional time may be allowed at the discretion of the Board of Directors. In business meetings, public comment is invited to speak on topics either on or not on the Board’s agenda. In work sessions, public comment is invited to speak on topics on the Board’s agenda.
The agenda and related reports for Board meetings are generally posted on our website by Monday before a Thursday-night meeting. Speakers are invited to submit more detailed comments via written materials, ideally submitted at least three days in advance of the meeting to the Clerk to the Board via email or, if you wish, by mail:
Clerk to the Board
400 Jones Ferry Rd.
Carrboro, NC 275 I 0
The OWASA Board has committees consisting of Board members to assist in their work.The committees are Executive, Finance, Natural Resources and Technical Services, Community Engagement, Human Resources and Nominating. Like Board meetings, committee meetings are open for public attendance. Meetings are scheduled as needed; as such, committee meeting times vary.The agenda and related reports for committee meetings are generally posted on our website two days before a meeting.
For additional information about Board and/or committee meetings, please contact Clerk to the Board, via email or at (919) 537-4217. You can also sign up to receive email updates about OWASA Board meetings
Board work sessions on second Thursdays can be viewed live via Skype, with a link provided prior to the meeting. Skyped meeting videos will be archived on OWASA’sYouTube page.
Board meetings on fourth Thursdays can be viewed live on Spectrum Channels 18,97.4 and 1303, or on AT&T U-verse Channel 99.To view on U-verse, go to Channel 99, select Chapel Hill Gov-TV and hit OK. They are also live-streamed on the Town of Chapel Hill website’s Board Videos page.