With the release of our annual Water Quality Report also comes the initiative “Bottle free in CMGC (Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center.)”
Each year Charlotte Water assembles the Water Quality Report (WQR) that summarizes the water testing results for the calendar year (2016). This report is required of all public water utilities, and Charlotte Water is pleased to announce another year where excellence in you water is being provided.
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 older parts... 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 →
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 →
In April 2014 the drinking water industry was forever changed when the City of Flint switched the source of their municipal water supply from Detroit Water to the Flint River. That seemingly innocuous change caused lead to dissolve into the drinking water of tens of thousands of Flint residents when managers failed to provide corrosion... 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 →