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Just in time for Commencement, Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) restored service to the Manning Drive Elevated Drinking Water Tank on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s campus. The water tower comes back on-line painted with the color and logo of its collegiate home.

UNC-Chapel Hill raised funds to paint the tank “Carolina Blue” with the interlocking NC logo and worked with OWASA to coordinate painting with OWASA’s routine maintenance program. This is the first time the water tower has been painted since 2004.

“The water tower is a high-profile symbol of the historic and ongoing partnership between the University and OWASA,” said Brad Ives, Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Enterprises. “We are pleased to have such a prominent demonstration of school spirit in the heart of our campus.”

The Manning Drive Water Tank holds one million gallons of water (about 12.5 percent of OWASA’s treated water storage capacity), and is one of four elevated tanks in the OWASA service area.

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