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North Carolina Mandatory Drought Restrictions

Sep 26, 2019

Aqua North Carolina customers: Information about the North Carolina Mandatory Drought Restrictions from the North Carolina Utilities Commission is available below and accessible on the NCUC website.

North Carolina Utilities Commission Non-Essential Water Usage Restrictions


The North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council (DMAC) maintains a
website on which the North Carolina portion of the United States Drought Monitor’s drought
severity map is displayed. This map showing the location and the severity of the drought is
updated weekly. The DMAC urges implementation of drought response actions for all users
located in or dependent on water resources derived from areas experiencing exceptional,
extreme, severe, or moderate drought or abnormally dry conditions.

Based upon the DMAC’s reclassification of the severity of the drought across the
State, the recommended drought response actions, and the comments submitted by the
parties, the Commission finds and concludes by Order issued May 23, 2008, that it is
appropriate to relax some of its existing restrictions depending upon the drought severity
classification applicable to specific areas (the Commission-regulated water systems located
within a particular area composed of specific counties will be subject to the water
restrictions as defined by the Commission below). The level of restrictions applicable to a
particular county will vary as the DMAC drought severity map classifications change from
week to week every Thursday. For this purpose, the official drought severity classification
for each county will be designated in accordance with DMAC’s placement of each county in
its listing for “Counties Under Current Advisory.” The entire county is designated under a
single classification which is based upon the highest level of drought severity applicable to
any portion of the county in question.

Normal Conditions
(No drought classification – counties that are completely white on DMAC’s map)

Voluntary odd-even spray irrigation three days per week:

Odd addresses:

  • Tuesday 10 p.m. to Wednesday 4 a.m.
  • Thursday 10 p.m. to Friday 4 a.m.
  • Saturday 10 p.m. to Sunday 4 a.m.

Even addresses:

  • Wednesday 10 p.m. to Thursday 4 a.m.
  • Friday 10 p.m. to Saturday 4 a.m.
  • Sunday 10 p.m. to Monday 4 a.m.

Handheld use of a container or hose to water flowers, shrubs, trees, and vegetable gardens
is allowable at anytime. Car washing is allowable at anytime. Filling of swimming pools or topping-off pools is allowable at anytime.

D0 Abnormally Dry
(Yellow on DMAC map)

Mandatory odd-even spray irrigation three days per week:

Odd addresses: Tuesday 10 p.m. to Wednesday 4 a.m.

  • Thursday 10 p.m. to Friday 4 a.m.
  • Saturday 10 p.m. to Sunday 4 a.m.

Even addresses: Wednesday 10 p.m. to Thursday 4 a.m.

  • Friday 10 p.m. to Saturday 4 a.m.
  • Sunday 10 p.m. to Monday 4 a.m.

Handheld use of a container or hose to water flowers, shrubs, trees, and vegetable gardens
is allowable at anytime. Car washing is allowable at anytime. Filling of swimming pools or topping-off pools is allowable at anytime.

D1 Moderate Drought
(Beige on DMAC map)

Mandatory odd-even spray irrigation two days per week:

Odd addresses:

  • Tuesday 10 p.m. to Wednesday 4 a.m.
  • Thursday 10 p.m. to Friday 4 a.m.

Even addresses: Wednesday 10 p.m. to Thursday 4 a.m.

  • Friday 10 p.m. to Saturday 4 a.m.

Handheld use of a container or hose to water flowers, shrubs, trees, and vegetable gardens
is allowable at anytime. Car washing is allowable at anytime. Filling of swimming pools or topping-off pools is allowable at anytime.

D2 Severe Drought
(Light Orange on DMAC map)

Mandatory odd-even spray irrigation two days per week:

Odd addresses:

  • Tuesday 10 p.m. to Wednesday 1 a.m.
  • Thursday 10 p.m. to Friday 1 a.m.

Even addresses:

  • Wednesday 10 p.m. to Thursday 1 a.m.
  • Friday 10 p.m. to Saturday 1 a.m.

Handheld use of a container or hose to water flowers, shrubs, trees, and vegetable gardens
is allowable on any day (8 p.m. to 8 a.m.). Car washing – odd addresses on Saturday/even addresses on Sunday. No filling of swimming pools - Topping-off pools only 12 inches per week.

D3 Extreme Drought
(Red on DMAC map)

Mandatory odd-even spray irrigation one day per week:

Odd addresses:

  • Tuesday 10 p.m. to Wednesday 1 a.m.

Even addresses:

  • Wednesday 10 p.m. to Thursday 1 a.m.

Handheld use of a container or hose to water flowers, shrubs, trees, and vegetable gardens
is allowable on any day (8 p.m. to 8 a.m.). Car washing – odd addresses on Saturday/even addresses on Sunday. No filling of swimming pools – No topping-off pools.

D4 Exceptional Drought
(Burgundy on DMAC map)

No spray irrigation.

Handheld use of a container or hose to water flowers, shrubs, trees, and vegetable gardens
is allowable on any day (8 p.m. to 8 a.m.). No car washing. No filling of swimming pools – No topping-off pools.


  • People Served
    282,000
  • Water Connections
    80,000
  • Wastewater Connections
    18,000
  • Water Treatment Facilities
    N/A
  • Wastewater Treatment Facilities
    59
  • Wells
    1,437
  • Miles of Main
    N/A
  • Public Water Systems (PWSIDs)
    745
  • Employees
    175

Aqua North Carolina Service Territory

Learn more about our commitment to improving water quality for our customers: NCWaterQuality.com

Aqua North Carolina, an Aqua America subsidiary, serves more than 250,000 residents in 51 counties. North Carolina customers can pay their Aqua water bill online through WaterSmart e-billing or any number of convenient ways to pay.

Learn more about GenX: GenX Information 

Learn more about lead and drinking water: Lead Fact Sheet

Learn more about radium and groundwater: Radium Fact Sheet

Learn why Aqua flushes a water system: Flushing Fact Sheet

North Carolina Mandatory Drought Restrictions

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For any questions or concerns relating to customer service, please call 877.987.2782


For any questions or concerns relating to customer service in North Carolina , please call our phone number: 877.987.2782.

Aqua North Carolina serves communities in the following counties: Alamance, Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Cabarrus, Carteret, Caswell, Catawba, Chatham, Cumberland, Davidson, Davie, Durham, Forsyth, Franklin, Gaston, Gran­ville, Guilford, Henderson, Hoke, Iredell, Johnston, Lincoln, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Mitchell, Moore, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Orange, Pender, Person, Polk, Randolph, Rockingham, Rowan, Rutherford, Stokes, Surry, Transylvania, Union, Vance, Wake, Warren, Watauga, Yadkin and Yancey.


Water Sources: Consolidated rock wells (more than 1,600) and aquifers. The Fayetteville area is served by the Black Creek Aquifer and the Wilmington area is served, in part, by the Castle Hayne Aquifer. In addition, Aqua North Carolina, purchases water from other utilities to resell to its customers.


Aqua North Carolina Leadership Team

Shannon Becker
President

Joseph Pearce
Director of Operations

Michael Melton
Engineering Manager

Amanda Owens
Environmental Compliance Manager

Robert Krueger
Central Area Manager

Joel Mingus
Coastal Area Manager

Laurie Ison
Western Area Manager


Aqua North Carolina Business Development Water and Wastewater

C. Ruffin Poole, CRPoole@AquaAmerica.com, 919.653.6967


Regulatory Agencies 


Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about Aqua America's North Carolina operations? We’ve compiled some frequently asked questions to help you learn about issues specific to your state such as hard water and drought. If you have a question not addressed here, you can reach us via the link at the bottom of this page. 

Why is my water discolored, and what is Aqua doing to fix it?

  • Please refer to this document, which discusses naturally occuring minerals in the groundwater.

Why is my water hard? 

  • Hardness is often a characteristic of groundwater and occurs naturally.
  • As the water travels through the ground and enters the aquifer, minerals such as calcium and magnesium that are present in the bedrock dissolve into the water supply. 
  • These minerals that leach into the water give the water what is commonly called “hard” water. Other minerals that can cause hardness and discoloration issues are caused by iron and manganese.

 What can I do to soften my water? 

  • Minerals often build up in home hot water heaters. The higher the temperature, the more likely these minerals are to build up in your hot water heater.
  • Reduce the temperature of your hot water heater.
  • Flush your hot water heater regularly.
  • Purchase an in-home water softener.  

How can I stop the staining that comes from my hard water? 

  • A product called Red B-Gone can be purchased from some local plumbing supply stores.  

Why does my water smell like rotten eggs? 

  • Sulfates are a naturally occurring mineral in some areas of North Carolina.
  • By themselves, sulfates are not a problem.
  • However, when non-harmful, sulfur-reducing bacteria — which are also naturally present in the water — feed on the sulfates, it gives an odor to the water that is often said to smell like rotten eggs.

What is the drought status? 

  • In most cases, we have enough supply for reasonable use. However, some customers do not use water reasonably.
  • The mandatory restrictions that impact all customers were mandated by the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC). 

How do you handle drought violators? 

  • The NCUC has charged Aqua with policing violators. If an Aqua employee witnesses a violation in the regular course of our business, we will engage the customer to make them aware of their action. Aqua will then send the customer a letter that gets copied to the NCUC. The letter informs the customer that if we witness the violation a second time, Aqua will ask the NCUC to allow us to turn off their service. 

What are you doing to find more water sources?

  • In most cases, we have adequate supply for reasonable demand according to the Department of Environmental Health, which equates to 400 gallons per day for a 12-hour day. 

Who’s responsible for the maintenance of grinder pumps?

  • In most cases, Aqua owns and maintains your grinder pump.
  • You can help keep costs down by not putting things like grease, dental floss, kitty litter, etc., into sinks, toilets and drains.

North Carolina Leak Adjustment Form

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