20 Nov OWASA Board of Directors Meeting Summary for November 12
OWASA’s Board of Directors met virtually on Thursday, November 12, 2020, and considered an agenda that included OWASA’s Energy Management Plan, Long-Range Water Supply Plan: Drought Response Operating Protocol, and the process for selecting an audit firm for Fiscal Year 2021.
The Board of Directors is currently meeting virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Energy Management Plan
The Board received an update on OWASA’s Energy Management Plan. OWASA has surpassed a goal set by the Board of Directors in 2015 to reduce use of natural gas by 5% by 2020, and significant progress has been made to achieve a goal to reduce use of purchased electricity by 35% by 2022. The Energy Management Plan identifies a path to achieve our energy management goals, including the installation of solar lease projects on three to four OWASA facilities.
Long-Range Water Supply Plan: Drought Response Operating Protocol
The Board offered feedback on OWASA’s Long-Range Water Supply Plan: Drought Response Operating Protocol. OWASA staff are working to update the Long-Range Water Supply Plan to improve the resiliency of OWASA’s existing water supply. The Board is scheduled to take action on the Drought Response Operating Protocol in December.
Water and Sewer Management, Planning and Boundary Agreement Amendment
The Board approved an amendment to the Water and Sewer Management, Planning and Boundary Agreement. The amendment has been approved by local elected officials in Carrboro, Chapel Hill, and Hillsborough and will extend the service boundary to include lots on Bayberry Drive. The Orange County Board of Commissioners will take action on the item on November 17.
Audit Firm for Fiscal Year 2021
The Board approved the process for selecting an audit firm for Fiscal Year 2021.
Honoring Ruchir Vora for Service on OWASA Board
The Board approved a resolution honoring Ruchir Vora for his two terms of service on the OWASA Board of Directors.
The Board will hold its next meeting remotely on Thursday, December 10, 2020, via Microsoft Teams at 6 p.m.; a link will be provided here.
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