New OWASA board members

For those unfamiliar with it, the Orange Water And Sewer Authority Board of Directors is considered by many to be the most powerful non-elected body in Orange County. Members are appointed by the elected officials of the various government bodies. According to a recent announcement from OWASA:

The Carrboro Board of Aldermen, Chapel Hill Town Council and Orange County Board of Commissioners recently made four appointments to the OWASA Board of Directors.

  • Mr. Mac Clarke of Chapel Hill, who began serving on the OWASA Board in 2003, was reappointed.
  • Ms. Terri Buckner and Mrs. Laura Sandvik were appointed by the Carrboro Aldermen.
  • Ms. Marge Anders Limbert was appointed to the OWASA Board by the Orange County Commissioners.

Ms. Buckner has served on Carrboro's Transportation Advisory Board and Environmental Advisory Board. She is now Vice Chair of the Chapel Hill Information Technology Committee and a volunteer researcher for the local Community Initiative to End Homelessness.

Ms. Limbert is the Coordinator of North Carolina Citizens for Clean Water, which worked successfully for the recent passage of the Drinking Water Reservoir Protection Act by the State General Assembly. She sits on the Orange County Commission for the Environment and on the Board of Directors for the Village Project.

Mrs. Sandvik has worked in the NC Division of Water Quality's Coastal Non-Point Source Pollution Program, and at the Center for Environmental and Resource Economic Policy in Raleigh. She is pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree at North Carolina State University.

Mr. Clarke is a retired marketing and sales executive. He retired in 1991 from the position of Director of Business Development with Pfizer, an international pharmaceutical and chemical firm.

The OWASA Board of Directors has nine members. For more information about OWASA Board Members, please visit the OWASA Website,, and see the section on the Board of Directors.

Terri, you are a busy bee! How do you find time to post here on OP so often?



Interestingly, this may be the first female majority Board for OWASA. And beyond that, I think the local governments made some outstanding choices which bode well for OWASA's future.

Boy has OWASA changed since the early 1990's. Here's a story
I told Ed Kerwin (OWASA's director) at some meeting a few
years ago:

When I was running for town council the first time and was
unsure how I would perform at the candidates' forums, I would
seek advice from Art Werner, who had then served six years,
and like me was an engineer-turned-local politician. Art said
"It's simple Joe, whenever you're asked a question and don't
know the answer, just bash OWASA". The board changed,
became (and remains) very competent, they hired Ed Kerwin,
and now OWASA does an excellent job for us.

So today's advice to new candidates: "When you're asked a
question that you don't know the answer to, just bash DOT."


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