City of Durham, City Manager's Report, Thomas J. Bonfield, Durham City Manager

October 11, 2019 | Volume 12, No. 35

Note from Tom

Use Water Wisely During Moderate Drought

After a hot and dry summer that has extended into the fall, Durham and much of our state’s Piedmont and Mountain regions are experiencing moderate drought conditions. Although the current drought status is not severe, we ask everyone to be responsible with their water usage. It’s okay to use what you need, but consider ways to conserve water where possible. If everyone contributes to this effort, we can extend our water supply.
I’m confident in our Water Management staff, who are closely monitoring conditions at our reservoirs and treatment facilities, to ensure we can continue to meet customer demand. Just last week, the department earned a 2019 WaterSense Excellence Award from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). They shared the following tips to help reduce stress on our local water supply:

  • Stick to the schedule. Year-round, mandatory watering restrictions are in place to encourage efficiency. Our alternate-day watering schedule specifies the days and times that customers are allowed to water lawns and landscapes; or
  • Take a sprinkler break. It’s natural for your landscape to go dormant and look a little brown during dry periods, so you can cut back on watering. Consider postponing new landscape installations, reseeding, and sodding until conditions improve.
  • Check for leaks. Easy-to-fix leaks could be robbing nearly 1,000 gallons of water per month from your home. Find steps for detecting a leak.
  • Consider an upgrade. If you’re thinking about a bathroom update, now is the time to replace water-wasting fixtures with high-performing, WaterSense® labeled models. You may even qualify for a toilet rebate.
  • Go the extra mile. If you’ve done all you can to be water-efficient, you can get creative by reusing water from showers, dish tubs, ice buckets, or pets’ water bowls on flowers.
  • Follow us. Keep up with our status and information regarding Water Management by following @DurhamWater on Facebook and Twitter.

Looking at the 10-day weather forecast, I’m hopeful that rain is in our future. Even when we are not in drought conditions, it's always important to use our water resources wisely. Please visit to find more information about the City’s water conservation efforts.

City of Durham News

City of Durham Announces New Transportation Director

Sean C. Egan has been named director of the City of Durham Transportation Department. Egan brings a breadth of experience gained from leadership positions in state, city, and regional transportation agencies in Washington, D.C. and Maryland. Learn more about the knowledge and background he will bring to Durham when he joins the organization on November 4.

Durham Releases DPAC 2018/2019 Season Financial Results

The City has released the preliminary 2018/2019 season financial results for the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC), showing the City earned $2,831,937 for the period ending June 30, 2019. In its 11th season, this City-owned center held 240 events with a record setting 163 sellouts & a total attendance of 539,710 guests.

Durham Hosts Contractors Empowerment Event October 19

Contractors are invited to come learn strategies to accelerate their business growth and connect with other professionals in the public sector and private industry. Learn more about this opportunity to interact with panelists representing various aspects of business.

DCHC MPO Hosts Reimagining US 15-501 Public Workshop

If you travel along U.S. Highway 15-501 between Durham and Chapel Hill, your feedback is needed to determine ways to relieve traffic congestion along this route. Find out how you can give input on the future of this busy highway.

Photo Highlight

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Great Turnout for City's First Bilingual Open House

On Monday afternoon, City Hall welcomed the Durham's Spanish-speaking residents for its first Bilingual Open House. Participants learned about City services and programs, toured City Hall, and heard from City officials while enjoying food and activities. The event was the idea of Carmen Ortiz, one of the City's bilingual employees.

Upcoming Events

Festival of Nations Hosted by Sister Cities of Durham

Saturday, October 12, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Duke Homestead, 2828 Duke Homestead Rd.
Be part of this second annual festival celebrating the diverse cultures of Durham with more than 18 nations represented. Explore international booths, enjoy live performances, and try authentic foods. Event details.

Durham E-Waste, Textile Recycling & Paper Shredding Event

Saturday, Oct. 19, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Durham County Memorial Stadium, 750 Stadium Dr.
Durham residents looking for an easy and free way to recycle electronic waste (e-waste) and old textiles and clothing as well as shred confidential documents should attend the City's E-Waste, Textile Recycling and Paper Shredding event. Event details.

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Be Part of Durham's 150 Closing Ceremony

Saturday, Nov. 2, 7:30-10 p.m.
Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St.

The Durham 150 Closing Ceremony is less than a month away! Don’t miss the one-time-only, culminating event of the yearlong celebration of the City of Durham’s 150th anniversary. The event will dynamically showcase people and places from Durham’s history through live music, acting, and storytelling. Event details.

Now Showing on Durham Television Network

Catch up with Bull City Wrap

Get a recap of this week's news in three minutes with the latest episode of Bull City Wrap.

In this week's episode: New funding to aid affordable housing development; Durham Big Sweep promotes community clean up; Firefighters help build a dream tree house; Teens invited to enter water conservation video contest; and Dog lovers will enjoy Barktoberfest. Watch now.

Small dog in lobster costume at Barktoberfest

Stay Current with Our Durham-Focused Shows

The Durham Television Network produces four shows to help keep residents informed.

Follow the City of Durham YouTube channel to see the latest episodes, or watch on Spectrum channel 8, Google Fiber Channel 8, AT&T U-verse channel 99, and Frontier channel 70.

Durham Water Works for You

Buchanan Boulevard Waterline Replacement Project Update

The City's Water Management Department appreciates your ongoing patience with the work along the busy corridors associated with this project. Find additional details and updates online.

Week of October 14:

  • Buchanan Boulevard will be closed in both directions between W. Main Street and Maxwell Ave.
  • Isolated lane closures and shifts lasting several hours will be required in the project area to accommodate waterline connections, sanitary sewer repairs, and pavement restoration.
  • No work will take place on Saturday or Sunday.

Central Park Waterline Replacement Project Update

The City's Water Management Department appreciates your ongoing patience with the work along the busy corridors associated with this project. Find additional details and updates online.

Week of October 14:

  • Broadway Street will be temporarily reduced to one lane as water line and paving work continues.
  • Madison Avenue will be temporarily reduced to one lane as water line and paving work continues.
  • Northwood Street will be temporarily reduced to one lane as water line and paving work continues.
  • North Street will be temporarily reduced to one lane as water line and paving work continues.
  • No work is scheduled for this weekend. 

Stay Connected with Durham Information Network

Durham Information Network is the communications umbrella for information about the City, and its events and activities. Follow our channels to stay engaged and informed, including Durham Television Network, the City Manager’s Report and the Citizens’ Newsletter.

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Social Spotlight

We gotta say...these new swings in the heart of downtown Durham's Historic Parrish Street sure look inviting! Follow us @CityofDurhamNC.

Two new green swing chairs hang along Parrish Street

Durham One Call is Here to Help

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Durham One Call provides a high level of service in English and Spanish for inquiries and requests for service. Let us know how we can help you.

  • Call 919-560-1200
  • Use the One Call App 24/7
  • Visit the website
  • Stop by the City Hall lobby desk at 101 City Plaza Hall, M-F between 8-5

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