Starting on Wednesday, October 31st, a contractor hired by OWASA will clean and inspect the water tank near the intersection of Hillsborough Road and Old Fayetteville Road in Carrboro. The cleaning, which is part of normal maintenance, will likely take two to three days.

The cleaning should not affect water pressures or flows to customers because other tanks in the OWASA water system will remain full and in normal operation during the work on the tank.

In preparation for the cleaning and inspection, OWASA will drain the water tank on Monday, October 29th. OWASA will use an additive to neutralize the disinfectant in OWASA water (“chloramines,” a compound of chlorine and ammonia) so the disinfectant will not harm fish or amphibians.

After the tank is cleaned, it will be disinfected and OWASA’s Laboratory staff will check water samples before the tank is put back in use. The tank will likely be full and in normal operation within about a week after work begins.

Weather or other conditions could affect the work schedule.

For more information:

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