OWASA Temporarily Removes Manning Drive Drinking Water Tank from Service for Regular Maintenance and Painting

On Monday December 11, 2017, the OWASA Manning Drive Elevated Drinking Water Tank on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will be taken out of service for regular maintenance and painting.

The tank will be out of service for several months while contractors inspect, repair, and repaint the inside and outside of the water tank. Completion of the work is weather-dependent, but OWASA expects the tank to be back in service by late spring 2018.

The University community and entire OWASA service area should not experience any change in water service during this time as a result of this project.

Picture of Manning Drive Drinking Water Tank

OWASA scheduled the maintenance to take place in cooler months when system water demand is typically much lower than in warmer months. There is less need for storage capacity when water demands are lower.

The Manning Drive Water Tank holds 1 million gallons of water (about 12.5% of OWASA’s treated water storage capacity), and is one of four elevated tanks in the OWASA service area.

As part of its comprehensive asset management program, OWASA hired Suez Water Advanced Solutions to conduct the maintenance and painting. Investing in and maintaining OWASA’s complex network water, wastewater, and reclaimed water infrastructure helps to maintain reliable service, maximize infrastructure life, and ensure wise investment of customer funds.

For more information

Ken Loflin, Water Supply and Treatment Manager, (919) 537-4232 or kloflin@owasa.org