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.  


​Drinking Water Week Poster Contest Winners Announced

Congratulations to all the students who participated in the Drinking Water Week poster contest. We were excited to see the creative entries, which really captured this year's Drinking Water Week theme, Your Water: To Know It is to Love It. 

The contest was open to all kindergarten through fifth-grade students in Mecklenburg County. Entries came from all over the county, from Pineville to Cornelius and everywhere in between.

Charlotte Water Director Barry Gullet and WCCB's Jon Wilson announced the two winners live on Wilson's World Monday morning.

Congratulations to our grand prize winner, Sophia Brazzell, who is a third-grader at Palisades Park Elementary School. Sophia will receive a $100 gift card, as well as a Charlotte Water prize pack.

We also selected a Director's Choice winner, Ivan Chea, a third-grader at Elon Park Elementary School. Ivan will receive a $50 gift card, as well as a Charlotte Water prize pack. 

We also want to recognize our honorable mention winners, who will all receive Charlotte Water prize packs. Congratulations to all our winners!

Grand Prize Winner
Sophia Brazzell, 3rd Grade
Palisades Park Elementary School


Director's Choice Winner
Ivan Cheah, 3rd Grade
Elon Park Elementary School


 Honorable Mention Winners

Claudia Allemeier, 3rd Grade
Irwin Academic Center


Eliza Huffstetler, Kindergarten
Selwyn Elementary School


Luke Huffstetler, Kindergarten
Selwyn Elementary School


Annabelle Le, 2nd Grade
Pineville Elementary School


Jacob Neill, Kindergarten
Polo Ridge Elementary School


Melania Prior, 3rd Grade
JV Washam Elementary School


Melania Prior, 3rd Grade
JV Washam Elementary School


Melania Prior, 3rd Grade
JV Washam Elementary School


Alexandra Saltrick, 5th Grade
Dilworth Elementary School


Luke Sawyers, Kindergarten
Chantilly Montessori


​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!


​Charlotte Water
Employee Photo Contest Winners


Charlotte Water celebrated Drinking Water Week with several events, including an employee photo contest. Employees showed their artistic flair, snapping great shots, all related to water.

Congratulations to the grand prize winner, Chuck Cowherd from Engineering, whose photo was taken inside the clearwell at the Lee Dukes Plant.

Charlotte Water Director Barry Gullet surprised Chuck with his prize on Tuesday, May 9.

Grand Prize Winner
Chuck Cowherd, Engineering


Second Place
Sylvia Revere,
Laboratory Services


Third Place
Yasmine Yousef,
Laboratory Services


Honorable Mention
Shawn Downs, IT


Honorable Mention
Albert Walker, Field Operations


​Drinking Water Week Events

​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.