OWASA's Manning Drive Drinking Water Tank Restored to Service with New School Spirit

Friday, May 4, 2018 9:31:00 AM

May 4, 2018 - After four months of regular maintenance and painting, OWASA restored service to its Manning Drive Elevated Drinking Water Tank on April 27, 2018. The water tower, located on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, comes back on-line painted with the color and logo of its collegiate home.

The inspection, repair, and repainting of the Manning Drive Drinking Water Tank took place as part of OWASA's ongoing maintenance of and investment in drinking water assets in the community. UNC-Chapel Hill raised funds to paint the tank "Carolina Blue" with the interlocking NC logo and worked with OWASA to coordinate painting with OWASA's routine maintenance program.

"The water tower is a high-profile symbol of the historic and ongoing partnership between the University and OWASA," said Brad Ives, Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Enterprises. "We are pleased to have such a prominent demonstration of school spirit in the heart of our campus."

Video showcases the new look of the Manning Drive Drinking Water Tank

Video showcases the new look of the Manning Drive Drinking Water Tank

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. 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.

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, please contact:

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

Olivia James, Communications Manager for Campus Enterprises, (919) 962-2769, olivia.james@unc.edu