The Green Pole Mystery: Solved

Have you ever seen a green pole next to the road and wondered, what is this? They seem to be popping up all over the county. Turns out, those green poles are water sampling stations. In addition to testing the drinking water at our treatment plants before it travels to your home or business, we... Continue Reading →

Chlorine And Your Drinking Water

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 →

Radioactivity & Water

There’s been a lot of talk recently about radioactivity in water due to nearby power plants and, in particular, coal ash. The question we want to discuss today: Does the community need to worry about radioactivity in Charlotte Water’s drinking water? The answer is no. Charlotte Water routinely monitors for radioactive materials and the test... Continue Reading →

Inflow & infiltration and why it matters.

We asked Water Quality Program Administrator Shannon Sypolt to tell us a little about Inflow and Infiltration (I&I). I&I occurs when groundwater (infiltration) and stormwater (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 of our infrastructure.Inflow occurs... Continue Reading →

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