Local officials want to make sure Chapel Hill residents don’t forget to address basics — like where their water will come from — as they plan for the town’s future.
Ed Holland, the planning director for Orange Water and Sewer Authority, took center stage at a Monday Chapel Hill 2020 presentation on water supply.
Holland presented reasons for Chapel Hill to add Jordan Lake to its list of emergency water supply options — an option town council members have rejected in the past because of concerns with lake pollution and cost.
OWASA draws its water supply from University Lake, Cane Creek and Quarry Reservoir. Holland said allocating Jordan Lake into Chapel Hill’s emergency sources could help the town during droughts.
Within the last 85 years, the most extreme drought occurred in 2001 to 2002, he said.