Before cranes build the next skyscraper or apartment complex, developers must reach out to Charlotte Water to see if the wastewater infrastructure has the capacity for the increase in the-ahem-flow. From the pipes that carry your wastewater to the treatment plants, to the plants themselves, they all have a specific amount of wastewater that they... Continue Reading →
Disinfection byproducts (DBP) are formed in our distribution system when chlorine used to disinfect drinking water reacts with naturally occurring organic matter in your water. There are many types of DBP including TTHM (trihalomethane), HAA5 (haloacetic acid), bromate and chlorite. In all there are 9 types of DBP and 5 are regulated by the North... Continue Reading →
Turbidity is a key water quality measurement taken at our treatment plants, fire hydrants and sampling stations throughout the 4,300 miles of drinking water pipes. Turbidity is the measure of the cloudiness of the water. Generally, it comes from soil runoff. We monitor it because it is a good indicator of the effectiveness of the filtration system. If turbidity... Continue Reading →
To ensure harmful bacteria does not grow during the sometimes very long trip from the treatment plant to your home, we add a very small amount of chlorine to keep the water disinfected and safe to drink. Your water averages about 1.3 parts per million (ppm) of chlorine when it leaves the treatment plant and... Continue Reading →
In celebration of Charlotte’s 250th birthday, Charlotte Water has branded a water tank for the first time ever in the history of the utility. The signage on the Mallard Water Tank will serve as a gateway upon entering the city from I-85, welcoming visitors.
On April 16th, approximately 4,000 sterile grass carp were released from Ramsey Creek Park to control the growth of hydrilla on Lake Norman. The total number of the grass carp will be about 12,330. A recent comprehensive survey performed by NC State found active hydrilla growth in 640 acres on Lake Norman. The addition of... Continue Reading →
You've all seen our newest Pipes Hate Wipes Campaign right? Just in case you haven't, here is one of the hilarious videos. Ok, so you now know that "flushable" wipes are out. But we received a great question about wipe alternatives on Facebook. So we asked one of the experts. Henry Eudy is the... Continue Reading →
The cold weather season is here and Charlotte Water wants everyone to be prepared for the chills. Here are a few helpful tips for you and your family: Insulate pipes in unheated parts of your home and save on energy costs by insulating your water heater. Insulation materials are available at local hardware stores. Seal... Continue Reading →