Charlotte Water

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Low Water Pressure

  • A clogged aerator on a faucet can slow the flow.  Remove the aerator from the faucet, clean it, and put back on.
  • Consult with a plumber.
  • If you have a pressure reducing valve (PRV) installed to protect your plumbing, it may need adjusting.  Most PRVs are installed after the water meter or before the water heater.  Talk to a plumber before adjusting it.
  • If your water pressure suddenly drops to almost nothing ... it could be a result of a broken water line.
  • Check frequently asked questions for more information.
  • Call 311 or 704-336-7600 to report sudden drops in pressure.

High Water Pressure

  • If your home is in a geographically low point (near a creek) or near a water pumping facility, you may experience water pressure higher than 80 psi. Unfortunately, Charlotte Water can't alleviate high water pressure, but you may consider having a licensed plumber install a pressure-reducing valve at your home.
  • County building codes require pressure-reducing valves (PRVs) to be installed on new or remodeled residential plumbing where water pressure exceeds 80 psi.
  • A PRV reduces the water pressure coming into your home, if needed, to protect your plumbing much the same way that a surge protector protects your computer or television. A licensed plumber can assess your current plumbing system and recommend whether a PRV is needed for your home

 

 

​Who can assess my water pressure, plumbing and possibly install or adjust the pressure-reducing valve (PRV)? <div class="ExternalClassEFDA43DF2D2E46E88C56FCFC2E62D69D"><p>A licensed plumber should perform the assessment, adjustment, and/or installation. It is always best to check with the Better Business Bureau. <br><br>NOTE: Please be sure your plumber clearly explains any warranty that may apply to the PRV and to the plumber's work. <a href="/Water/Pages/WaterPressure.aspx">Learn more</a>.</p></div>
What should I do if i have high water pressure?<div class="ExternalClass8992240C69404586920780C87D61BFE0"><p>If your home is in a geographically low point (near a creek) or near a water pumping facility, you may experience water pressure higher than 80 psi. Charlotte Water can’t alleviate high water pressure, but you may consider having a licensed plumber install a pressure-reducing valve at your home. <a href="/Water/Pages/WaterPressure.aspx">Learn more</a>.</p></div>

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