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 citizens 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.
Members of the Board do not need specific technical knowledge to serve. 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.The Board meets at 6 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month in the Community Room on the lower floor of our Administrative Building at 400 Jones Ferry Rd. in Carrboro, and at 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday in the Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.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.