Water is an invaluable resource to our community and region. Without it, life is not sustainable. The water that exists on Earth today is the same water that was here millions of years ago. Charlotte-Mecklenburg has an abundance of surface waters, and it is everyone's responsibility to protect it for future generations. There are more than 3,000 miles of streams, 47,000 acres of lakes, and numerous groundwater sources within the county. These waters provide a safe drinking water source to the region, as well as water for power generation, and recreational opportunities such as boating, swimming and fishing. Groundwater continues to provide a water source to approximately 15% of Mecklenburg County residents.
In order to help protect our water, it's important to first understand how easily our daily actions can affect the quality and quantity of our water. Water runs downhill and drains into streams, lakes, and rivers. The area of land that drains to one point is known as a watershed. Actions that occur within your watershed have a direct impact on the water. For example, fertilizer on your yard or a car dripping oil will affect the quality of the stream nearby. Wasteful water usage will result in higher water demands on our lakes and groundwater resources. Our growing region continues to put a higher demand on our water resources. Your activities at home, work and play have a direct impact on everyone's water. We should all be responsible stewards of this important resource.