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4The Daily Tar HeelFriday, October 30, 1987
Committee, .discpsses proposed sites ffoir f eseirvoiir
By LEIGH ANN MCDONALD
The Orange County Reservoir Site
Selection Committee has narrowed
the five options for a reservoir site
to the Eno River above McGowan
Creek and Seven Mile Creek.
Orange County Commissioner
John Hartwell said he proposed a site
at Corporation Lake on the Eno
River, but the committee would not
adopt the resolution because it
included contaminated water flowing
from McGowan Creek.
"McGowan Creek is really pol
luted, Hartwell said. "The committee
made a strong statement for quality
opposed to quantity.
The committee favored the 1,150
acre Eno River site with a condition
that McGowan Creek be excluded by
building a dam above it, he said.
Hartwell said the reservoir would
generate less water if McGowan
Creek is excluded.
The rejected Corporation Lake
site, which would have included the
creek water, would yield about 10
million gallons of water per day. This
was the original projection for the
county's water needs for the next 4G
The Eno River Site without McGo
wan Creek would generate about
eight million gallons per day, said Jim
McCarthy, principal engineer for
Hazen and Sawyer of Raleigh, the
firm studying potential reservoir sites.
"This will still be nearly enough to
carry us for the next 40 years,"
The Seven Mile Creek site would
yield only six million gallons per day,
Hartwell said, but the water quality
is good. There is no intensive agri
culture or industry near the site to
contaminate the water.
Because it would generate less
water, the $16 million Seven Mile
Creek site would not be cheaper per
gallon of water than the $18 million
Eno River site, Hartwell said.
The Eno River site excluding
McGowan Creek also has good water
quality, Hartwell said. "It's a great
place. There are no major highways
or industry, just some agriculture,
Hartwell said one disadvantage to
selecting the site is that it would flood
a historic mill, which has not been
restored but is in good condition.
"That's a cost to me, not a dollar
cost, but a historic cost," Hartwell
The committee will make a site
recommendation to the county com
missioners on Nov. 4, Hartwell said.
An engineering firm will study the
chosen site more extensively to.
determine the greatest yield possible
without raising the water level so high
that it floods surrounding areas.
Hartwell said the committee is also
considering a reservoir and water
treatment plant on Jordan Lake as
a long-term option. The committee
wants Orange County to participate
in the planning of a regional inter
connection that would allocate water
to several area counties.
"In the near future, we need to
drink water from places where we
know what goes into them," Hartwell
said. "We dont know what goes into
Jordan Lake. I don't think we should
start dipping our cups into it too
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By JENNY CLONINGER
Staff Writer v.
Plans for a new steam-heating line
from the University's power plant to ,
the area of the Carolina Inn are now -
under review at the Office of State ,
Construction in Raleigh.
Rebids for the project will be ?
accepted after the state office
approves it, Gordon Rutherford,
UNCs facilities planning director,
said Thursday. .
This summer, the lowest bid the
University received for the steam line ,
was $1,689,000, which was $369,000
over the $ 1 .3 million budgeted for the -
Raymond DuBose, superintendent
of the power plant section of the
Physical Plant, said officials rede- ,
signed the piping system to bring the
project within the budget's limits.
The project is scheduled for com
pletion by next winter, DuBose said.
The 20-inch, 1,200-foot line; capable
of handling 25 pounds of pressure per
square inch, will add 50 percent more
heating power to the present system,
New buildings, especially those on
South Campus, are creating a bot
tleneck in the computer-operated
steam distribution system. The first
main junction of pipes on campus,
the primary site of overload, is under
the parking lot behind the Carolina
New buildings require more steam
than old buildings, DuBose said,
because their heating systems have
comparatively more ventilation. The
new computer science building, the
Smith Center and the Critical Care
Clinic at North Carolina Memorial
Hospital are all new addtitions to the
South Campus area that use more
steam than their older counterparts. "
Rutherford said) that : since -j the
buildings on South Campus are at
the end of the steam line, they get 1
less steam than locations closer to the '
But no one m a South Campus
building should worry about getting
cold, despite the spot problems
caused by uneven steam distribution.
DuBose said work crews will be out
on especially cold mornings "tweak
ing the system" to ensure adequate
heat to all locations this winter.
By JACKIE DOUGLAS
The North Carolina Center for
Peace Education is sponsoring a
workathon Saturday to raise money
and provide a community service at
the same time.
Volunteers from the center and
other community service groups will ;
gear up Saturday morning and
prepare to paint, do clerical work,
clean up and perform other services r
for various charitable groups, said
Allen Singleton, a center spokesman. .
The volunteers will work for the v
Interfaith Community Shelter, Hab
itat for Humanity, and the Orange "
County Mental Health Center, and
other organizations, he said.
Participants will receive money
from sponsors who have agreed to
pay a certain amount of money for .
each hour the volunteers work,
Singleton said. The workathon is
designed to help both the center and
community organizations, he said.
Proceeds from the benefit will go
to the center.
The non-profit, non-partisan cen
ter works to educate people about
peace issues. Incorporated in 1984,
the center is now one of the biggest
resource centers for peace education ;
in the Southeast' Singleton said.
The center is especially concerned'
with the threat of nuclear war and
the threat's effect on people. The
center tries to help people understand ;
that nuclear war is a problem that
they created, and one they can solve,
"Unlike a bikeathon or a walka
thon, the workathon uses the energy
of its volunteers not only to raise
money," Singleton said, "but also to'
directly help those people for whom
Halloween is a truly frightening time
the many in our community who
face the onset of winter without
sufficient food, clothing or shelter."