Catawba-Wateree Water Management Group
Catawba-Wateree Water Management Group

 Water Supply Master Plan FAQ

Are we running out of water?
No, we are not running out of water, but the amount of water we currently have available may not sustain further population growth and development past about mid‐century.  


How does the plan work?
The plan calls for a series of balanced measures throughout the Basin designed to: 1) make more water available, 2) use water more efficiently, and 3) continue to improve our Basin‐wide response to and management of droughts.  


How will the plan be implemented?
The Master Plan calls for a variety of new initiatives; some of which can be implemented in the near‐term (e.g., 2015‐2016) and others that will not be implemented for several decades (some as late as mid‐century). The details of the implementation process are still evolving at this time.  


What are the next steps toward implementation?
Communication of the Master Plan is the next step for the Catawba‐Wateree Water Management Group (CWWMG). The CWWMG will invest a lot of additional time in 2014 in dialogue about the Master Plan with regional decision makers, the Stakeholder Advisory Team and other advisory groups throughout the Basin. After those additional discussions are completed, the CWWMG will decide if any near‐term revisions to the Master Plan are needed.


What will happen if the plan is not adopted?
Responding to future water needs is inevitable and it is best to develop a response plan during times of more normal water availability, not when the region is staring in the face of an actual water shortage. This Master Plan is a collaborative, long range, and effective way to respond now rather than when a crisis arises. If the Master Plan is not adopted, the region can expect to reach water quantity‐based limitations on our ability to grow a lot sooner (approximately 2050 rather than 2100).


What can I do to help ensure a sustainable water supply for the future?
Every person has a role. Reducing individual water use is one of the most efficient, no‐cost ways to meet our goals of making our available water supply last longer. Complying with local water use restrictions in the event of future droughts is another way. Finally, supporting your city and county governments in implementing the recommendations of the Master Plan is important to its success.  


Who funded the Water Supply Master Plan?
Funding for plan development was provided by the State of North Carolina, the State of South Carolina, the Duke Energy Foundation and by the CWWMG through dues paid by its member organizations.   


How was the plan developed?
The CWWMG and its consultants, HDR Engineering and McKim & Creed, first worked to understand the hydrology and demands on the Catawba‐Wateree River system. From there, the team collected information about water supply management and enhancement strategies from across the country and around the world and applied it to the eleven Catawba‐Wateree reservoirs. The team used complex planning tools (including a sophisticated computer model, climate change predictions, and water use
efficiency methods) to evaluate practical options that could become parts of a plan that works for the region.

 

This team also significantly upgraded the water quantity computer model previously developed during the Catawba‐Wateree Hydro Project relicensing process. Guided by a stakeholder advisory team, these options were further discussed and developed to find viable strategies to extend the reliability of our water supply compared to previous projections (2050). The result is a plan boosting the sustainability and reliability of the Basin’s water supply into the next century (2100).  


Who comprises the Catawba‐Wateree Water Management Group (CWWMG)?
The CWWMG is made up of Duke Energy and the 18 public drinking water utilities that have water intakes along the main stem of the river including the City of Belmont, City of Camden, Union‐Lancaster Catawba River Water Treatment Plant, Charlotte‐Mecklenburg Utility Department, Chester Metropolitan District, City of Gastonia, Town of Granite Falls, City of Hickory, City of Lenoir, Lincoln County, Town of Long View, Lugoff‐Elgin Water Authority, Town of Mooresville, City of Morganton, City of Mount Holly, City of Rock Hill, City of Statesville and Town of Valdese.


What does the group do?
The CWWMG is a non‐profit corporation founded in 2007 to identify, fund, and manage projects that will enhance the capabilities of the Catawba‐Wateree River to provide water resources for human needs (e.g., water supply, power production, industry, agriculture, and commerce), while maintaining the river’s ecological health.


What area does the group serve?
The CWWMG serves the 4,750‐square‐mile Catawba‐Wateree River watershed from Lake Wateree upstream, providing water for communities from Morganton, NC to Camden, SC and supplying water to approximately one‐fourth of Duke Energy’s power generation capacity in the Carolinas.



For more information, contact:

 
Mary Knosby, PE
Associate Vice-President, Project Manager
HDR
440 S. Church St, Suite 1000
Charlotte, NC 28202
D 704.338.6857 M 704.507.9497

Mary.Knosby@hdrinc.com 

 

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