All Orange Water and Sewer Authority operations were back to normal Sunday, OWASA said in an update.
Water was safe to drink and customers were no longer asked to conserve water for essential use.
Additional testing was completed Sunday morning to confirm that the water was safe to drink. While water conservation is always a good idea, normal use is now allowed, according to OWASA.
OWASA was no longer receiving water from Durham as of about 10 p.m. Saturday and ended its transfer of water from Chatham County at about 6 p.m. Saturday.
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At about 2 p.m. Saturday, the Orange County Health Department and OWASA lifted the do-not-use restrictions issued Friday.
A boil water advisory for about 250 residences along Foxcroft Drive in Chapel Hill also was lifted.
The water shortage and contamination was due to a water line break Friday. The pipe repair was completed Saturday but residents emptied local stores of water, and schools, UNC and restaurants were forced to close.
Restaurants and other businesses were allowed to reopen Saturday afternoon after the restrictions were lifted.
While several grocery stores and other retailers sold out of bottled water quickly after the water shortage began, shipments arrived later Friday and Saturday to meet the need.
The water shortage, which had been expected to stretch into Sunday night, caused UNC-Chapel Hill to postpone the men’s basketball game against Notre Dame until Sunday and move the game to the Greensboro Coliseum. UNC reopened and resumed normal operations by 10 a.m. Sunday.
“We apologize to customers for the significant disruption and inconvenience due to the need to cease use of OWASA water from Friday morning to mid-afternoon Saturday,” OWASA said in its Sunday statement. “We deeply appreciate and thank the Carrboro-Chapel Hill community, the City of Durham, Chatham County, the Town of Hillsborough and other partners and volunteers for their excellent cooperation, understanding and support in the recent water supply emergency.”
Due to fluoride overfeed at the Jones Ferry Road Water Treatment Plant on Thursday, it was necessary for OWASA to shut down the treatment plant and receive water from neighboring utilities.
“We are investigating the fluoride overfeed and water line break, and will report to the OWASA Board of Directors and the community at a later date,” OWASA said in the statement.
Abbie Bennett: 919-836-5768; @AbbieRBennett