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On Thursday, April 14th, OWASA will receive drinking water from the City of Durham’s water system due to work that will involve taking the Jones Ferry Road Treatment Plant out of operation for about 6 to 8 hours.

“We are very appreciative of the City of Durham’s help and our cooperative working relationship with the City,” said Ken Loflin, OWASA’s Water Supply and Treatment Manager.

OWASA officials do not expect any change in water quality or reliability of OWASA service due to the work Thursday, which will involve replacing a meter that measures process water flow within the treatment plant.  OWASA and the City of Durham use similar water treatment processes, so water transfers between the systems normally do not affect the taste or characteristics of the water.

“Maintaining water connections with our neighboring utilities to give and receive help is a key part of our strategy for ensuring high quality service to our customers,” Loflin said.

OWASA estimates that it may receive about 2 million gallons from Durham on Thursday. OWASA provides almost 3 billion gallons of drinking water annually to its customers.

Through mutual aid agreements, Durham and OWASA provide water to each other when necessary due to maintenance issues or other factors.

For more information

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