Source: Sustain Charlotte's 2014 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Sustainability Report Card


Key Fact

Charlotte will not have enough water for all of its residents in 2040, at our projected population growth rate, unless measures to use our water resources more efficiently are put in place.

Our Vision for Water

By 2030, we envision a Charlotte in which...

  • Water is used more efficiently to conserve our limited supply of this vital resource.
  • Impervious surface areas have decreased to reduce stormwater runoff and increase infiltration and aquifer recharge.
  • Water reuse has increased by educating citizens on rainwater harvesting, working with the water utility to provide reclaimed water for irrigation, and by implementing graywater use in new construction.
  • Citizens and community leaders are more aware of the threats to our water quality and quantity challenges and are actively involved in addressing them.
  • Water use planning and allocation ensures the protection of water resources for both ecological flows and human use.
  • Land use planning at the regional, neighborhood, and home levels are integrated with intent of protecting and improving water resources.
  • Water resources are improved and flash flooding threats are reduced through municipal codes that facilitate the restoration of abandoned building complexes and parking lots to natural landscapes that reconnect rainwater with groundwater storage.
  • Community and housing organizations discourage the establishment of non-native, irrigation-dependent grassy lawns and encourage drought tolerant, native landscapes.
  • Municipal codes have changed to require best practices for water management such as rain gardens, bio-retention areas, swales, “smart” irrigation practices, and riparian buffers.
  • Stream corridors have been restored to provide recreational opportunities for residents, habitat for wildlife and improved water quality.

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