Water Supply Drought Stage 1 Announced

Charlotte Water asks customers to take voluntary conservation measures
Louise Bhavnani

Charlotte, NC, November 1, 2016 — Today Charlotte Water announces voluntary water conservation recommendations following the Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group (DMAG)’s escalation to Drought Stage 1. Charlotte Water joins the other 40+ members of the DMAG in asking customers to:

  • Only irrigate on Tuesdays and Saturdays between 6pm—6am if you must irrigate
  • Limit landscape watering of no more than one inch of water per week, this includes rain
  • Conserve all water use indoors and outdoors
  • Refrain from outdoor water use during the day (6am to 6pm) to reduce evaporation losses
  • Refrain from filling pools
  • Only top off swimming pools on Thursday and Sundays, between 6pm - 6am
  • Discontinue operation of fountains and other ornamental water features that do not sustain aquatic animal life


Residential Customer Voluntary Recommendations:

  • Do not wash vehicles at home, use commercial car wash locations that recycle water instead
  • Refrain from residential power washing


Commercial Customer Voluntary Recommendations:

  • Businesses should educate employees and customers about water conservation practices
  • Charity groups should consider alternatives to car washes for fundraising activities
  • Property managers should repair known water leaks and increase plumbing inspection frequency
  • Fleet managers should reduce car washing frequency


Dry weather conditions and above-average temperatures have placed the Catawba-Wateree River Basin in Stage 1 of the Low Inflow Protocol (LIP). Stage 1 is the second of five drought stages outlined in the LIP and recommends voluntary water conservation by water users across the Basin, in addition to operational adjustments by Duke Energy. The LIP is the drought management plan major water users in the region employ to share responsibility and set priorities to conserve the limited water supply during drought conditions. The DMAG and Charlotte Water have been monitoring conditions since Stage 0 (Drought Watch) was declared August 1, 2016.


For more information, visit charlottewater.org select drought central or dial 311.