OWASA Announces New General Manager of Operations

Orange Water and Sewer Authority is excited to announce that Mary Darr has been selected as the next General Manager of Operations following a nationwide search.

Darr has most recently served as OWASA’s Director of Engineering and Planning. She is succeeding Todd Taylor in the role after Taylor was named OWASA’s Executive Director in July 2020.

“Mary brings a wealth of institutional knowledge gained from 26 years of dedicated service to this community,” Taylor said when announcing Darr as the new General Manager of Operations. “She also has extensive experience, education, and state certifications in engineering, operations, and management that will serve her well in this new role.”

In this role, Darr is responsible for overseeing OWASA’s various operations, including the Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Department, OWASA’s Water Treatment Plant and Wastewater Treatment Plant, and OWASA’s reservoirs and other land resources.

“I am honored to have this opportunity to serve the Carrboro-Chapel Hill community as OWASA’s General Manager of Operations,” Darr said. “I look forward to leading our talented team that provides high-quality water, wastewater and reclaimed services to the community; and building on our foundation of operational excellence to meet future challenges of the water and wastewater industry.”

Darr’s first day as General Manager of Operations was November 1.