The Triangle's water systems are being strained by drought and growth. Municipalities have asked residents to help by conserving water. The resources here can help you learn more about how to conserve and about the status of our region's water supplies.
County and Municipality Water Contacts
- Durham Water Management Department and Conservation Information
- Orange (County) Water and Sewer Authority
- Town of Apex
- Town of Cary
- Town of Fuquay-Varina
- Town of Garner
- Town of Holly Springs
- Town of Knightdale
- Town of Morrisville
- City of Raleigh
- Town of Wake Forest
- Town of Wendell
- Town of Zebulon
- Drought Summary (maps)
The Division of Water Resources, part of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, maintains maps that give a visual sense on the worst drought areas in North Carolina.
- Drought Conditions and Advisories
The Drought Management Advisory Council monitors drought conditions across the state and is responsible for issuing drought advisories. Specific information can be found on crops, climate, and groundwater.
- Lake Levels
Graphical presentation by the National Weather Service of lake levels in North Carolina, especially as it relates to flooding.
- Rainfall Totals
Detailed rainfall information is included as part of monthly weather data. From this National Weather Service web site select the month and year for either Raleigh, Greensboro, or Fayetteville.
- N.C. Stream Flow Information
Stream flow is a measurement of the volume of water that moves over a designated point over a fixed period of time. When water is withdrawn from the flow, such as through heavy water use, irrigation, etc., it can significantly impact the living organisms that depend on the water, especially in smaller streams. The U.S. Geological Survey provides water stream flow information for the entire U.S.
- National Integrated Drought Information System
NIDIS is the U.S. government's portal to drought information for the entire country. The web site uses maps to give a visual picture of drought conditions. Additionally, there is drought forecasting and impact information.
- Water Restrictions Across N.C.
Gives the status, across the state, of water conservation efforts, including the number of water systems under mandatory or voluntary restrictions.
- Water Restrictions in Wake Municipalities
Wake County maintains a page summarizing water restrictions in Wake's municipalities.
- City of Raleigh Water Conservation
This web site, updated regularly, offers all the details of Raleigh's water conservation plan, plus some basic tips for saving water. Includes press release listing certified car washes.
Orange Water and Sewer Authority restrictions
Newest water restrictions for Chapel Hill and Carrboro.
Water Conservation Tips
- Water Conservation Links / Tips
These links, provided by the Division of Water Resources, are to resources that will help you learn how to conserve water in and around your home.
- City of Raleigh Conservation Tips
More information about the city's water conservation plan, plus conservation tips that you can do at home.
This page on water conservation, from the NC Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance, is especially for businesses.
- Household Water Consumption Calculator
The Orange (County) Water and Sewer Authority, also known as OWASA, provides a calculator to determine your household's water consumption. "Understanding where and how much water we use is the first step in beginning to conserve one of our most precious resources," states this Web site.
- Xeriscape North Carolina
Xeriscape is a type of landscaping that uses little water but maintains a traditional look. In some places in the U.S., notably in the Southwest, homeowners can opt for a natural desert landscaping. But in other parts of the country xeriscape has come to represent the use of drought-tolerant plants and a reduction of irrigation. This booklet gives information to homeowners about implementing a xeriscape.
- Helping Your Landscape Recover from the Drought
When your yard and plants show signs of drought-related stress, check out this guide for help. From North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service.
- A How-To for Water-Effficient Landscaping
Suggestions for creating a more drought-tolerant landscape at your home. From the Town of Cary.Copyright 2013 . All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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