This year, Charlotte Water completed construction on a system at McAlpine Wastewater Treatment Plant that captures and converts methane gas (a byproduct of wastewater treatment) into a fuel for electricity production and useful heat.
The short answer is no, not if we continue on a sustainable path and practice conservation. But what does that actually mean? And how do we know we won't run out.
It's finally summer. So we thought of five more ways to conserve water this summer. Keep these in mind while you keep cool on these hot days.
With the release of our annual Water Quality Report also comes the initiative “Bottle free in CMGC (Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center.)”
Since 2001, water consumption for an average family of four in Mecklenburg County has gone down from 11 Ccfs (8,228 gallons) per 30-day billing cycle to 7 Ccf's (5,236 gallons) per 30-day billing cycle. We attribute this to increased water conservation measures as well as the installation of more efficient appliances and irrigation systems. So problem... Continue Reading →
September bills with August consumption should start arriving in mailboxes this week. You may be surprised at how much your bill is if you irrigate. Irrigation can take a 6 ccf (1 ccf=748 gallons) customer to 40 ccf in one month. One sprinkler running for 10 minutes can use up to 170 gallons. Think about how... Continue Reading →
This is the last in a series of articles about drought resistant plants and xeriscaping from the Mecklenburg County Master Gardeners. The final two lists of drought tolerant plants include Shrubs and Perennials. A tip when purchasing plants is to always read the label. It contains a wealth of information: mature size, sun/shade/water needs, and... Continue Reading →
This is the third in our series of guest articles from the Mecklenburg County Master Gardeners. How do you decide which plants to choose that will survive during drought conditions? There are several plant lists that we have compiled for your convenience. The first two lists are of N.C. Wildflowers and Grasses. The final two... Continue Reading →