Water Shortage Causes State Of Emergency In Chapel Hill, North Carolina

There’s currently a water shortage in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Mayor Pam Hemminger has declared a state of emergency for the town. The shortage was caused by a fluoride problem at a treatment plant and a major water main break happening within a short time period.
Here’s ABC11 with more.

Orange Water and Sewer Authority says it is not sure water in its system is safe for consumption because of low water pressure system-wide and it’s telling people not to drink it. All restaurants served by the system have been ordered closed. Officials said it could be 24-48 hours – or more – before water service is back to normal.

The University of North Carolina has cancelled classes and is advising students to not drink the water on campus.


It’s obviously not that important given the circumstances, but North Carolina is scheduled to take on Notre Dame in men’s basketball at the Dean E. Smith Center on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. ET. A wrestling match and a women’s lacrosse game scheduled to take place at UNC on Saturday have already been moved, so it’s definitely something we will monitor.

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