Thursday, February 28, 2008

6.969 million gallons yesterday

We need to understand what the different demands were between yesterday and the day before.

Another big picture item is to understand what are the largest pieces of the "pie" that make up about 7 million gallons/day. How much does UNC use? How much at UNC Hospitals? In what other ways, can the use be broken down into smaller pieces and how can we all watch their day-by-day consumption?

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

6.912 million gallons yesterday

Who used so much more water two days ago than yesterday (7.203 million gallons two days ago)?

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight

Interesting statistics released today that view overall North Carolina real estate values and trends from a national perspective. See pages 25-26.

Comparing us with Raleigh.....

This from Dale Crisp, DirectorPublic Utilities Department, One Exchange Plaza, Suite 620Raleigh, NC 27602 919-857-4540 today, by e-mail:"We do not publish these numbers, rather we utilize the media to get this information to the public. Since going to mandatory restrictions that totally eliminated lawn irrigation in October, the demand has averaged 40.3 MGD. This past weekend (Fri, Sat and Sun) the average customer demand was 37.3 .MGD - 3 MGD less."

Last weekend, we were above our average demand for the same period. Why? What explains this?

7.203 million gallons

Surely, there must be an explanation from which we can learn a lot as to why this number was so much higher yesterday? Is the consumption being measured accurately?

Monday, February 25, 2008

Last three days, starting yesterday 7.061, 6.833, 6.689 million gallons

That's not the right trendline. Why does this seem to rise each Sunday? What happens in the OWASA service areas on Sunday?

Cannot we mount a concerted effort to reduce this number, starting with Southern Village?

Downtown Chapel Hill

Above is a map of what the Downtown Chapel Hill business organization says is "downtown".

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Town Hall Grill

Is this all there is to the Town Hall Grill website? Perhaps with this announcement something more will emerge? Here are two more earlier announcements - ownership change and new manager.

7.015 million gallons on Thursday

Why are we going up?

Thursday, February 21, 2008

6.902 million gallons yesterday

There is a need to make this go in the other direction. We used more yesterday than the previous day.....

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

6.830 million gallons yesterday

I hope OWASA can explain why it thinks there are these daily fluctuations. Who used so much more water two days ago than yesterday?

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

7.294 million gallons yesterday

That's about 1,000,000 gallons more than 14 February. WHY??????? What was different about 14 Feb than 18 Feb?

Monday, February 18, 2008

SV ponds.....

Our largest Southern Village pond - the one opposite the soccer field - shows the signs of the drought. It is down a considerable distance from its normal level.

The pond in front of Scroggs School, however, seems to be at its normal level.

Why is this so in the midst of th drought? From where does the Scroggs pond water come?

6.733 million gallons

That's yesterday's number. On 14 February - note below - the number was 6.342 million gallons. Yes, yesterday was a Sunday, but surely, we need to be heading down, not up.....!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Water reduction success stories?

Are there not some stories in Southern Village of individuals, families, businesses......who have significantly reduced water consumption in the last few weeks, months or years? Wouldn't relating those stories help inspire others to do more?

Would this be worth raising among students at Scroggs? Get them monitoring water consumption at home every day? Start first with the school itself?

Friday, February 15, 2008

6.342 million gallons

That's how much water we OWASA customers consumed yesterday. Why can't we consume even less today?

Conserving water

Why cannot we reduce our water consumption voluntarily even more than we have already? Each of us can do something to use less water in the course of our day.

If we could reduce consumption by 15-20%, we may be able to avoid more restrictive rules at the end of the month. That, it seems to me, is in everyone's best interest.

We should be working as family units, within our workplaces, and between and among neighbors to gently, but firmly, force all of us to use less.

Surely, we can do this!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

"SVHOA Annual General Meeting Summary"

Here are the results from the Annual General Meeting last night.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

OWASA may move to Stage Three on 1 March

Here is the latest from OWASA regarging probable imposition of Stage Three water rules on 1 March.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Citrus to open for dinner

This is good news; another business expanding in Southern Village. Bravo!

Regional Transit Infrastructure Blueprint

Here is where you can call the recomendation for a light rail service that would allow us to walk or take the bus from Southern Village to UNC Hospitals and from there be able to take the rail service to Durham, RTP, the airport, Cary and Raleigh. Wouldn't that be amazing?

Southern Community Park

Here is the latest from the Town on the Southern Community Park:

Current Status: Under Construction
Design Firm: OBS Landscape Architects
Construction Firm: Hy Tech Construction
Contract Price: $4,708,000
Anticipated Completion: July 2008
Anticipated Completion Athletic/Soccer Fields: August 2009
The Southern Community Park will be a 72 acre park located south of Southern Village and west of 15-501. The concept plan indicates that the site will be over 50% natural. Most of the developed portions of the site are anticipated to be located adjacent to highway 15-501.

The following has occurred or is ongoing:

The Town Council approved bids for the park that includes the following first phase:
Ø All season Restrooms
Ø 3 complete athletic/soccer fields including fencing and irrigation (but without lights)
Ø Trails, including the extension of the paved Fan Branch Greenway to Dogwood Acres Drive and natural surface trails
Ø 2 picnic shelters
Ø 2 basketball courts
Ø 1 inline hockey court
Ø Play area
Ø Dog park
Ø Site furnishings
Ø Sidewalks
Ø 2 parking lots (162 total spaces)

Construction started in June 2007.
Plant rescue was held the week of July 2-8, 2007.
Clearing and grading complete except for selective areas.
Inline hockey and basketball courts are poured and fenced.
Slabs for picnic shelters poured.
Footings for restroom are under construction
Athletic fields are graded and irrigation systems installed.
Utilities installed.
Installation of curb and gutter 90% complete.
Parking lots 90% paved
Sidewalks 70% complete
Art project is underway
Landscape installation is underway
Fan Branch greenway trail extended past Scroggs School into park site. Trail access to school has been restored. All other trails still closed until construction is complete.

A major issue is how and when to sod or sprig athletic fields during a major drought. We are exploring options for finishing the fields.

Plans for the project can be reviewed in my office. Please make an appointment (919) 968-2787 ext. 214) or email at and I will be happy to show you the plans."

Morgan Creek Trail

Here is the latest from the Town of Chapel Hill on this project adjoining Southern Village:

Current Status: Detailed design
Design Firm: Coulter Jewell Thames
The Morgan Creek Trail will be an extension of the existing Fan Branch Trail that currently serves Southern Village. The trail will continue from the intersection of Culbreth Road and Highway 15-501 to Smith Level Road at the Carrboro Town line near Frank Porter Graham School. This trail will likely require several bridges and underpasses. The project will also include access to the Merritt Pasture.

The following has occurred or is ongoing:
· The Council adopted a concept plan on October 9, 2006.
· Hillsong Church has decided not to lease its parking lot to the Town. This will require that we design a stand-alone parking lot for the project.
· A .2 acre parcel of property was purchased from Duke Energy in September 2007. This will allow us to build a bridge for access to Merritt Pasture.
· Work on detailed design is almost complete."

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

OWASA manhole covers

Why do so many of these stick so far up in the air? Whatever happened to the idea of building them flush to the ground? The new ones next to the path from Aberdeen past Scroggs to the new Southern Community Park have several prime examples of this. Why?

Holding pond?

Why is there a "holding pond" next to the trail between Aberdeen and Scroggs? It is filled with blue/green muck at this stage as well as many mosquito larvae awaiting warmer weather. Who is responsible for fixing this?

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

"Town Hall Grill Hires Mike Monaco as New General Manager" -

We'll all want to watch for changes in food, service and offerings. There is a big OBAMA event tonight at Tyler's in Carrboro to follow returns of Super Tuesday. Why not - on a day such as this - organize a non-partisan event at the Town Hall Grill to follow results of both parties and all candidates? That would really take us back to the neighborhood bar idea, wouldn't it?