Additional Information about Water Conservation

Curious to learn more about water conservation throughout North Carolina?  Explore the sites below to learn more about water resource management and even case studies about water conservation techniques.  

In State Government

Rain Barrels Available to State Employees:

Words of "Rain Barrel Wisdom".

Utility Savings Initiative: Learn more about North Carolina's lead-by-example program supporting energy efficiency in public buildings.
Innovative Stormwater Technologies: UNC EHS department gives examples of ways the university meets local, state and federal requirements with regard to stormwater permitting, stream buffer protection, and water quality protection. Some examples the university implements are: installing roof gardens, pouring porous pavement, using infiltration beds, water quality inlets, increase street sweeping, stormwater plantings, and most importantly, education and outreach!
Drought Legislation Implementation Information Guide  Review legislation about drought in North Carolina
N.C. Division of Water Resources. NC DWR's Water Supply Planning Branch and Water Conservation








Water Efficiency Manual for Commercial, Industrial and Institutional Facilities  (150 pp.) Comprehensive water manual for short- and long-term solutions to the state's dwindling water supply. Click for Table of Contents.
Water Conservation by the Sustainable, Energy Efficient Buildings Advisory Committee Legislative Report Recommendations for modifications to the State Construction Manual regarding water consumption reductions
Report to the N.C. Dept. of Administration by the Sustainable, Energy Efficient Buildings Advisory Committee  recommendations relative to achieving the performance goals set forth by N.C.G.S. 143-135.35 thru 143-135.40 (Senate Bills 668 and 1946).
N.C. Division of Energy, Mineral, and Land Resources' Stormwater Best Management Practices Manual Read about DEMLR's best management practices (BMPs) for stormwater management.  
Rainwater Harvesting  Rainwater Harvesting for State Government Facilities
Stormwater Collection Project for the Legislative Building A federal, State, or local government project shall comply with the requirements of a county stormwater control ordinance.










Explore Other Water Conservation Resources

Drinking Water Promotes smart management and resilient business models for drinking water and wastewater utilities.
Stormwater Works with organizations, governments and tribes to promote sustainable finance for stormwater utilities, wetlands, and watersheds.
Rates Dashboard Environmental Finance Center's interactive map designed to assist utility managers and local officials to compare and analyze water and wastewater rates
Landscaping Explore various ways water conservation can be incorporated into landscaping practices







Water Shortage Response Plans (WSRPs)

Water Shortage Response Plans View WSRPs from NC water systems
Reporting Form  Reporting Form for writing WSRPs
City of Raleigh's Water Supply Status and Conservation Stages Read an example from City of Raleigh (2019)

Additional Reading about Water Efficiency

Recommendations for Water Efficiency Standards  Water-Using Fixtures in Residential and and Commercial Buildings
Recommendations for Water Efficiency Standards  In-ground Irrigation Systems

The Irrigation Association

Additional approaches to water conservation for irrigation
Meter Reading How-To City of Durham teaches how to read your water meter
Leak Detection A Guide to Finding Leaks

Case Studies

The Angus Barn  Bluffs Restaurant
Reducing Water Use and Wastewater in Food Processing Plants  Proximity Hotel
Recycling Water in Poultry Processing John Umstead Hospital
Fact Sheet - Food processing industry UNC-CH

Water Resource Management

Drought Council of NC  Provides weekly drought status updates from across North Carolina
Water Use Data Collection in NC Learn more about water use data collected by NC Division of Water Resources
National Weather Service  Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service
American Water Works Association Founded in 1881, the Association is the largest organization of water supply professionals in the world. 
USGS: South Atlantic Water Science Center Provides monitoring data and hydrologic research.
EPA: Office of Water Responsible for implementing the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act