Celebrate 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.