Charlotte Water encourages all customers to protect plumbing from freezing weather. Did you know that the water in the 4,300 miles of water mains doesn't freeze? But, when temperatures are well below twenty degrees (20o) outside, soils may shift causing an increase in water pipe repairs. Here are a few other reasons why pipes may break:... Continue Reading →
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.
On occasion we conduct smoke testing to detect failures and leaks within the wastewater collection system (sewer pipes) that allow rainwater, creek water and other storm water run-off to enter the system.
Home-brewers may find this information especially helpful when crafting their favorite beer styles. After all, of the ingredients required to make beer, water is by far the most abundant component.
We asked Water Quality Program Administrator Shannon Sypolt to tell us a little about I&I. I&I stands for inflow and infiltration. This is when groundwater (infiltration) and storm water (inflow) enter into our closed wastewater infrastructure (sewer pipes). Infiltration occurs when the groundwater table rises and water pushes into cracks, joints, seams and... Continue Reading →
Did the recent cold temperatures have you wondering why the water mains in the ground didn't freeze? Well, you are in luck. We asked Gabe Sasser our Water Quality Specialist and Clemson Alum (Go Tigers!) that exact question, and here is what he said: The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) requires water mains to... Continue Reading →
Here is what most people think we do; provide you clean and safe drinking water and treat the wastewater that leaves your house. While this is absolutely true, we also do so much more! In recognition of the popular Charlotte Five daily email and website, we are presenting: 5 THINGS CHARLOTTE WATER DOES THAT YOU DIDN'T... Continue Reading →