Water and Wastewater Systems serves as the liaison to the local provider of public water and sewer services, Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA), and
provides the engineering management of the University’s water supply and wastewater collection systems for the use and conservation of water.

UNC-CH has an active sustainability program that addresses long term water conservation. Representatives from various departments work together to evaluate progress and identify new measures or local regulatory changes.

In 2004, UNC and OWASA started the development of a water reclamation and reuse system to be completed at the beginning of 2009. This system will make highly treated or reclaimed water available for appropriate non-drinking water needs. Initial use will be to support the water needs at the University’s chilled water production facility. Future applications may include additional uses at other campus facilities and for irrigation purposes.

UNC-CH operates its own storm water system under the EPA’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II Program. This system is comprised of thousands of catch basins and inlets, miles of piping, dozens of structural best management practices (BMPs), and outfalls that discharge storm water into nearby creeks.

Energy Services Storm Water Systems is responsible for the oversight and management of the UNC storm water system infrastructure and master planning.