Earlier this month, a state of emergency was declared after the Jones Ferry Road Water Treatment Plant had shut down because of an oversupply of fluoride and a rupture in a water main on Chapel Hill’s northeast side, resulting in a low-level watery supply. Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) executive director Ed Kerwin informed reporters at WRAL that an estimated 1.5 to 2 million gallons of water were rushed out with the break.
Hundreds of residents didn’t have access to water services, and more than 80,000 others with running water were warned against using it, due to the contamination of the entire supply. The community worked together to run water bottle donation drives and prop up portable toilets around the affected areas.
A day or so later, the do-not-use order for Orange County water users was lifted after test results confirmed that the water was safe to use and consume. However, residents were warned to limit their use to essential purposes due to low water levels.
What Can You Do to Prevent Using Contaminated Water?
If you are concerned about using contaminated water throughout your home, it is wise to install a water treatment system since there are a variety of contaminants that can find their way into your home’s water supply. At JD Service Now, we offer a full line of water treatment system installation, replacement, and repair services to customers throughout Durham and the surrounding areas. Let our licensed professionals test your water and develop a comprehensive water treatment plan, tailored to your home’s unique needs.