UNC-Chapel Hill cancels classes Tuesday because of water main break
The water system that serves Chapel Hill, Carrboro and UNC-Chapel Hill experienced a water main break Monday, marking the second time in two years a broken pipe has caused a major disruption.
The Orange Water and Sewer Authority , which serves more than 80,000 customers, issued a boil advisory Monday and asked customers to limit their use of water.
“Please use water for essential needs only to ensure the community has water for emergency requirements,” the university said in a news release Monday evening.
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We must conserve the community’s water supply in case of emergency requirements.” A water main going to the Orange Water And Sewer Authority’s storage tanks broke on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, and the agency asked customers in Carrboro, Chaperl Hill and the University of North Carolina to cut use back to drinking and hygiene uses until crews could find and fix the break.
Orange Water and Sewer Authority UNC hospital facilities in Chapel Hill suspended elective surgery Monday.
Ambulances with emergency patients were being directed to other area hospitals, UNC said.
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A major water main break occurred outside of OWASA’s Jones Ferry Road water treatment plant early Monday morning.