Detailed design of sewers to serve the Historic Rogers Road Area

March 26, 2017

Current status

  • We have completed the sanitary sewer design and have received the State and local permits needed for the sewer installation.
  • We are seeking bids from contractors by late April.
  • We estimate that the sewer installation may begin in June of 2017 and may last 10 to 12 months.
  • We are planning a community meeting to be held in mid to late April to inform the public about details of the upcoming construction and other topics related to sewer connection, services, etc. 


Community meeting on July 28, 2015: More than 50 citizens met on July 28th with representatives of the Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Q Association, Orange County, the Towns of Carrboro and Chapel Hill and the Marian Cheek Jackson Center to receive information and give feedback about plans for the sewer design and related items. For information presented by OWASA in the meeting, please click here.

Contract with Orange County for detailed designIn May 2015, Orange County hired OWASA to manage the detailed design and getting permits for sanitary sewers to serve the Historic Rogers Road Area. A consulting engineering company, AECOM, will do the detailed design. 

Preliminary engineering study (completed in May 2015)

OWASA entered into an agreement with Orange County in June 2014 to do a preliminary engineering study for sewersto serve the Historic Rogers Road Area.  The preliminary study is complete. It included field investigations, meeting with Rogers Road area leaders, reviewing and adjusting our 2012 Sewer Concept Plan and identifying alternative sewer routes.

Our consultant estimated the cost to install 3.5 miles of sewers is $5.7 million for design,
construction, etc. This estimate does not include costs for private plumbing installation, easement
acquisition or OWASA connection fees.

For more information:

  • Vishnu Gangadharan, P.E., Engineering Manager -- Capital Improvements Program, 919-537-4248 or
  • Mary Darr, P.E., Director of Engineering and Planning, 919-537-4246 or

October 9, 2015 project update

November 23, 2015 project update