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Water Week


Drinking Water Week is a national celebration and education campaign about the value of clean drinking water in our community.


We All Depend On It!
Clean, safe drinking water is critical for our community. Public health, fire protection, businesses and our quality of life all depend on it. Clean water professionals work around the clock to provide more than 100 million gallons of water daily to our customers.

So turn on the tap, and know we’re working for you.

Did you know

  • that drinking water from your sink is less than a penny a gallon?
  • that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities field crews maintain a network of more than 8,000 miles of pipe? That is the distance from Charlotte to Juneau, Alaska, and back!.
  • that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities is community-owned? Providing safe drinking water, cleaning our community’s wastewater and reinvesting in our system is possible solely through funds from water and sewer bills.

Running Sprinklers, Faucets and Toilets Will Run Up Your Bill In A Hurry!

1. Running hose. Uses up to 12 gallons per minute.
Ways to cut back: use a nozzle to avoid wasting water and consider washing your car at a car wash that recycles used water.

2. Shower head. Uses 3 gallons or more per minute.
Ways to cut back: replace old shower heads with low flow versions and cut your use in half; shave 1 minute off your shower time and save 2 gallons per shower and up to 60 gallons per month for every person in your home.

3. Toilet. Uses up to 3 gallons per flush.
Ways to cut back: install low flush toilets and save at least 50% more water compared to older models.

4. Lawn sprinkler. Uses up to 10 gallons per minute.
Ways to cut back: ensure sprinklers are directed towards the lawn, not sidewalks or driveways; limit irrigation use to no more than 2 days per week and water before sunrise or after sunset.

More Outdoor Water Use And Seasonal Irrigation Adds Up to Higher Water Bills
Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s tiered rate structure encourages water efficiency, offers customer choices over how much water they use and pay for each month, and keeps water prices competitive for essential uses such as drinking, cooking, bathing and cleaning.

Save Water and Money with these tips:

*  Test sprinklers and spray heads to ensure they work properly and direct them away from paved surfaces.

* Healthy landscapes need only one inch of water a week.

*  Remove water-hogging weeds. Mulch to retain moisture.

*  Group plants with similar water needs and select drought tolerant varieties.

expired? keep your pipes clear and our water safe

Keep Your Pipes Clear, And Our Water Safe!

When cleaning out your unused medications, be sure to properly dispose of them and protect our water supply.

* Prescription and over-the-counter medications should be disposed of in the trash.

* Dissolve pills in water and mix with kitty litter. Put this in a secure, lidded container in your trash.

* Never flush medicines, grease, oils, diapers, wipes or other objects.