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OWASA resumes operation of the Jones Ferry Road Water Treatment Plant
The Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) restarted its Jones Ferry Road Water Treatment Plant at 6:30 p.m. Saturday following a fluoride overfeed incident on Thursday, Feb. 2.

Post Date: 02/04/2017 8:46 PM

The Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) restarted its Jones Ferry Road Water Treatment Plant at 6:30 p.m. Saturday following a fluoride overfeed incident on Thursday, Feb. 2.
 
It was necessary to stop the plant operation Thursday, and OWASA began receiving water from the City of Durham and subsequently Chatham County. The Town of Hillsborough also did extensive work to prepare for sharing water with OWASA if needed.
 
OWASA continues to receive water from Durham. However, the supply from the Chatham County system is no longer needed and was discontinued early Saturday evening.
 
OWASA is extremely grateful to the Carrboro-Chapel Hill community for its cooperation; to the City of Durham, Chatham County and Town of Hillsborough for their excellent support in sustaining the water supply; and to other partners and volunteers for serving the community very well in this difficult time.
 
Fluoride addition suspended pending review of overfeed incident
 OWASA is temporarily not adding fluoride to drinking water pending a review of the incident Thursday, in which a higher than normal amount of fluoride was added to water contained within the plant. Water with above normal fluoride did not reach the pipe system which serves OWASA customers. The utility is investigating the overfeed and will report to the community at a later date.
 
Water safe, conservation requested
As publicized at 2 PM Saturday, OWASA's water has passed quality tests and is safe to drink except at about 250 residences on Foxcroft Drive who have been advised to boil water following a water line repair completed Saturday. OWASA will inform these customers when water is safe for normal use.
 
Customers are asked to conserve water. 
 
OWASA is the public, non-profit agency providing water, sewer and reclaimed water services to the Carrboro-Chapel Hill community.
 
For more information:  Greg Feller, Public Affairs, 919-537-4267 or gfeller@owasa.org.
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