From May 1-7, 2022, Charlotte Water joined water utilities and professional organizations across the country in celebrating National Drinking Water Week. This annual awareness event is a wonderful opportunity for our entire community to recognize the vital role of water in our daily lives. Keep an eye around Charlotte's many Little Free Libraries (https://littlefreelibrary.org/) for... Continue Reading →
Mark Bullins, Environmental Compliance Manager, shares his insights with us for Engineering Week on his work with Backflow Prevention (aka Cross-Connection Control). I have been involved in Backflow Prevention, also known as Cross Connection Control, for over twenty years. As anyone who knows me will tell you, it is a subject I am passionate about.... Continue Reading →
At Charlotte Water, we know no matter what is going on in the world we need reliable access to safe drinking water because we are customers too. We rely on the same thing we work hard every day to consistently and safely provide to over one million people. We want to be confident in its... Continue Reading →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 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 →