OWASA Board of Directors Meeting Summary for January 28

OWASA’s Board of Directors met virtually on Thursday, January 28, 2021, and considered an agenda that included the annual lakes recreation report.

The Board of Directors is currently meeting virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Pandemic Response

The Board received an update on OWASA’s response to COVID-19, including an update on our support of wastewater surveillance testing for COVID-19 and on trends in past-due accounts, to ensure that OWASA continues to provide the Carrboro and Chapel Hill communities with high-quality and reliable water, wastewater, and reclaimed water services throughout the pandemic.

Annual Lakes Recreation Report

The Board received the annual lakes recreation report for 2020 to provide an update on the lake recreation season, including visitors, expenses, revenue, and operational changes due to COVID-19.

Financial Report

The Board received the financial report for the six-month period ended December 31, 2020. All but one of our financial performance targets were  met. Total income for the period was about $691,000 greater than budgeted. Operating expenses were about $1.1 million less than budgeted due to non-essential departmental spending being reduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fiscal Year 2022 Calendar and Assumptions

The Board discussed the Fiscal Year 2022 budget calendar and assumptions.

Next Meeting

The Board will hold a special meeting remotely on Thursday, February 4, 2021, and its next regularly scheduled meeting remotely on Thursday, February 11, 2021, via Microsoft Teams at 6 p.m.; a link will be provided here.

OWASA’s administrative office is closed to the public to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Customers in need of assistance can still contact OWASA from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday by calling (919) 968-4421, emailing customerinquiries@owasa.org, or using the chat function available in the bottom-right corner of the web page. Please allow for additional time for OWASA staff to respond during this time. We appreciate your patience.