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The Western Intake Partnership is a key partner in sustaining the Triangle region’s quality of life. This involves providing reliable, high quality drinking water to its communities, including the Town of Pittsboro, The City of Durham, and Chatham County.
The Partnership was established in 2014. Since then, Chatham County, the City of Durham, and the Town of Pittsboro have worked together to explore and develop a regional solution to ensure their long-term water supply needs are collectively met.
Chatham County, the City of Durham, and the Town of Pittsboro are members of the partnership.
The Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) supports the WIP. OWASA has not yet identified its preferred alternative to meet long-term water supply needs. It is currently updating its Long-Range Water Supply Plan.
Water will be withdrawn from the western side of Jordan Lake. Then the water will be treated and provided to regional water distribution systems. Preliminary details are shown in the map below. Locations of interconnections to Partner water distribution systems are being evaluated and subject to change. Hover over the numbers for more details.
Intake and Raw Water Pump Station
Water Treatment Facility
Pittsboro Service Connection
Chatham County Service Connection
Durham & OWASA Service Connections
Before it even existed, Jordan Lake was planned as a source for regional water supply. The Towns of Cary and Apex have a shared water intake on Jordan Lake. They have supplied Jordan Lake’s water to the residents of Chatham County and the City of Durham for years.
In 1989, property near Jordan Lake was purchased for a future water treatment plant. Now, the Triangle region is growing and the demand for water is increasing. The State of North Carolina controls which utilities receive water supply allocations from Jordan Lake based on their forecasted future water needs. In 2017, the Partnership received a water supply allocation from Jordan Lake. This will support our mission to continue to provide reliable, high quality drinking water to the Triangle region.
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The vision for this project began before Jordan Lake even existed. Jordan Lake is a vital regional resource that was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for many purposes. These included supplying water to surrounding communities, controling flooding and water quality, conserving fish and wildlife habitats and providing recreational opportunities for the region.
In 1989, property near Jordan Lake was purchased for the purposes of installing a water intake and water treatment plant. Shortly after, studies for a raw water intake facility on the western side of Jordan Lake began in the 1990s.
Projections show the Western Intake Partnership projects could provide on a peak day:
o Up to 33 million gallons of water per day at project completion
o Up to 54 million gallons per day in the future.
The Western Intake Partnership aims to withdraw, transport, and treat water from Jordan Lake and deliver high quality drinking water to customers within the Cape Fear River Basin. The water will be returned to the basin after use. The water supply was anticipated in the design of the reservoir and the NCDWR water supply allocation process. Click the button below for more information on the water supply allocation.
The Partnership will perform an environmental review. This review will identify any potential environmental impacts of the project. Findings from the review will be submitted for regulatory approval. This is a permitting process through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). Quality and sustainability are core values of the Partnership. We are committed to being a good steward of the environment and our communities.
The project involves constructing a water treatment plant. This plant will treat the water so it meets all required drinking water standards before reaching customers’ homes. The water transmission pipelines will also meet federal, state, and local requirements to ensure water quality.