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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Daniel Okun, October 22, 1985. Interview K-0021. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Okun believes that Cane Creek is the safest water source

Okun makes the public health case for using Cane Creek rather than Jordan Lake or University Lake and describes the displacement that will be necessary when the reservoir is built. The number of identified drinking water contaminants is steadily rising, which means that an area should select the cleanest possible water source, assuming any source it chooses will, by evolving standards, be considered less and less safe each year. Starting with the purest baseline possible means that years later that source will probably be considered cleaner. To get this clean water, the Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) will have to displace Cane Creek residents, but Okun notes that the impact will be far less than in similar projects.

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Oral History Interview with Daniel Okun, October 22, 1985. Interview K-0021. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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