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Water Resources

Water Resources

Is there a water restriction in effect?

Yes, to keep our water supply healthy and strong, Union County maintains a Water Use Ordinance which regulates how water may be used by Union County Water Customers. These regulations include a limit on irrigation days to a maximum of three days per week, as assigned by billing cycle. Additional restrictions may be imposed due to water shortages.

For more information on water restrictions, please see the County’s Water Use Ordinance, adopted by the Board of County Commissioners on May 4, 2015, as well as its Water Shortage Response Plan.

How can I help conserve water?

Water conservation inside your home...

Check faucets and pipes for leaks

A small drip from a worn faucet washer can waste several gallons of water per day. Larger leaks can waste hundreds of gallons. Have them repaired immediately.

Check your toilets for leaks
Put a little food coloring in your toilet tank. If, without flushing, the color begins to appear in the bowl within 30 minutes, you have a leak that should be repaired immediately.

Take shorter showers
One way to cut down on water use is to turn off the shower after soaping up, then turn it back on to rinse.

Turn off the faucet
When lathering hands, shaving or brushing teeth.

Use your dishwasher and washing machine for only full loads
Automatic dishwashers and clothes washers should be fully loaded for optimum water conservation.

Water conservation in the yard and garden...

Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants
Mulch will slow evaporation of moisture while discouraging weed growth. Adding 2 - 4 inches of organic material such as compost or bark mulch will increase the ability of the soil to retain moisture.

Don't drown your lawn
The greatest waste of water comes from applying too much, too often to your lawn -- much of the water is never absorbed. Your lawn needs about an inch of water per week. To help gauge that, place a tuna can in each irrigation zone and then run your system until you get an inch (or fraction thereof depending on the number of times you irrigate weekly) to properly set your sprinklers.

Watch the clock
Water between 12 a.m. and 8 a.m. -- when the sun is low, winds are calm and temperatures are cool. Mid-day watering tends to be less efficient because of water loss due to evaporation.

Divide by zones
Different plants need different amounts of water. Divide your yard and landscape areas into separate irrigation zones so that grass can be watered separately and more frequently than groundcovers, shrubs and trees.

Water only things that grow
If you have an underground sprinkler system, make sure the sprinkler heads are adjusted properly to avoid watering sidewalks and driveways. A properly adjusted sprinkler head should spray large droplets of water instead of a fine mist to minimize evaporation and wind drift.

Do routine inspections
Since lawns and gardens should be watered in the early morning hours, a problem may not be discovered until it is too late. Periodically check your sprinklers to make sure everything is working properly. A clogged head, broken fixture, or torn line can wreak havoc on your landscape and water bill.

Be rain smart
Adjust your irrigation system as the seasons and weather change. Or better yet, install a shut-off device that automatically detects rain or moisture. These devices are inexpensive and enable you to take advantage of the water without having paying for it.

Go native

Plant local, drought-resistant plants and shrubs that can sustain heat and require less watering. For additional resources about NC native plant and where to buy them, click here.

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Contact Information

Department phone: 704-296-4210