Hillsborough Water Distribution Improvements Underway
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017
Three construction projects to improve Hillsborough’s water distribution system are expected to be complete before the end of the year.
A contractor for the town recently completed installation of a new meter on a line connecting Hillsborough’s system with the Orange Water and Sewer Authority. Hillsborough and OWASA, which serves the Chapel Hill and Carrboro area, would use the line in the event one of the systems was unable to treat its own water and had to be supplied by the other. The meter would be used to measure water moving between the two utilities for billing purposes.
The two systems were previously joined where an OWASA line met the Hillsborough system near Exchange Park Lane. The town has since purchased the portion of the line between that point and the Davis Road area, creating the need to install a meter at the new location.
In February, an accident caused OWASA’s treatment plant to be shut down, and Hillsborough flushed the line in order to be able to provide water to the neighboring utility if needed. However, OWASA was able to get enough water from a connection to Durham’s system to make this unnecessary.
The meter project will be complete once a custom-fabricated lid for the vault containing the meter is installed early next month.
Another project related to the OWASA connection is the installation of a booster pump that would bring water uphill toward Hillsborough’s system in the event the town required assistance. The pump would not be needed in order for water to flow from Hillsborough to OWASA.
Construction on the booster pump station is expected to begin before the end of the month.
New supply line
The town is building a new 1,800-foot-long line to supply water to an area southeast of the crossing of N.C. 86 and Interstate 85. A new Sheetz gas station at that location will be the first customer to use the new line.
So far, about 1,100 feet of the new line has been completed along the Interstate 85 corridor, along with installation of the two fire hydrants planned as part of the project.
Completion of the water line is expected by the end of December.