Water Resources

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What We Do

The Division of Water Resources is responsible for the environmental protection and quality of the State’s surface water and groundwater, and to ensure safe drinking water for its residents. This authority is granted in accordance with laws, policies and rules established by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency, the N.C. General Assembly, the Environmental Management Commission, and the Commission for Public Health.

Staff issue pollution-control permits, monitor compliance and conduct regulatory enforcement for environmental violations. Additionally, staff evaluate environmental water quantity and quality via field sampling and two in-house chemical laboratories; develop water quality standards, rules and management strategies; and provide educational awareness.

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