Charlotte Water

National Drinking Water Week May 7-13, 2017Celebrate your local, fresh drinking water during Drinking Water Week, May 7-13, 2017

Drinking Water Week started in 1988, when Congress passed a resolution officially naming the first full week in May Drinking Water Week. But Charlotte's history of providing safe drinking water started nearly 200 years ago.

The first mention of a public water supply in Mecklenburg County was a provision in Charlotte's City Charter in 1815, enabling the town board to build water pumps and wells. In 1836, the city established two public wells on Tryon Street., and in 1881, the Charlotte Water Company was established, the first water-supply company.

Over the next 80-plus years, the city worked to expand the water system and provide water to all homes. Construction on the water system happened every year except 1932, when America was at the lowest point of the Depression.

Safety has been a priority for more than 100 years, too. Water testing started in 1907, when the city biologist was ordered to make daily tests of the water and inspect the watershed.

Since its inception, Charlotte Water has focused on providing clean, safe drinking water to residents across Mecklenburg County. Celebrate with us during Drinking Water Week.  

Did you know? Charlotte Water…

  • Supplies, on average, more than 107 million gallons of drinking water to approximately 1 million people each day

  • Maintains more than 8,600 miles of water mains and sewer mains

  • Reads meters and manages more than 285,000 customer accounts each month

  • Performs more than 200,000 laboratory analyses each year related to water quality

Did you know?

  • Tap water provides us with a low-cost way to stay hydrated, public health and fire protection, and nearly every product we use every day?

  • Because of tap water, we stay hydrated, healthy and happy.

The more you know about your H₂O, the more there is to love!

​Drinking Water Week Events

Poster Contest

Students in grades K-5 residing in Mecklenburg County are invited to enter the 2017 Water Week Poster Contest. One Grand Prize winner will receive a $100 gift card, and one honorable mention winner will be selected in each grade.

Artwork and entry forms are due NO LATER THAN 3 p.m. Friday, April 21, 2017. All winners will be recognized at the Open Streets 704 event, Sunday, May 7, 2017. Click here for the entry form and rules.

Open Streets 704 – 1 – 5 p.m., Sunday, May 7

Come play with Charlotte Water at Open Streets 704! We'll have our new water station at the event, so stop by to enjoy free cold, fresh Charlotte water. Meet our employees and learn more about the department that provides clean safe drinking water. We'll also announce our Water Week poster contest winners.

Try a Taste at Trade & Tryon – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 10, Uptown Charlotte

Take a break from work and try free cold, fresh Charlotte water. Our new water station will be at the square – Trade and Tryon – with information about your drinking water and fun takeaways.         

Birkdale Break – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Friday, May 12, Birkdale Village, Huntersville

Whether you're grabbing lunch or hitting the shops, be sure to stop by Charlotte Water's new water station for information, giveaways, and free cold, fresh Charlotte drinking water.

Engineering Excitement – 9 a.m. – noon, Saturday, May 13, Lee Dukes Water Treatment Plant, 7980 Babe Stillwell Rd., Huntersville, NC

Elementary and middle school students and teams will put their engineering skills and imaginations to the test during the third annual North Carolina Section of the American Water Works Association/ Water Environment Federation Model Water Tower Competition. First place wins $300, but the registration deadline is May 1. Click here for instructions, guidelines and to register.